Author: Cybermum Australia

Cybermum Australia Alex Merton-McCann McAfee’s Cybermum in Australia, Alex, is a mother of four boys aged 9 to 16, who juggles family, work, home life, sporting commitments, hobbies and her children’s ever growing social lives (on and offline). Like many Australian parents, Alex has concerns about the safety of her children, who are growing up in an increasingly online world. Alex’s blogs will be about internet safety issues and sharing her own experiences, insights and lessons to help keep kids and families safe online. To learn more about Alex and McAfee’s Family Internet Safety Centre, go to www.mcafee.com/cybermum, follow Alex on Twitter @Cybermum_AU or email Alex at cybermum@mcafee.com

Whether we admit it or not, the vast majority of us humans have an inherent desire to be liked. Sure, we can put on a brave face but criticism and disapproval can be hard to swallow, particularly at a tender age. As an adult, I still have clear memories of some rather unpleasant interactions I […]

You would be hard pressed to find a parent who doesn’t worry about cyberbullying, and rightly so. Cyberbullying can be absolutely devastating for victims. A quick ‘google’ provides parents with a list of tragic cases of young adults who have suffered significant psychological trauma or even lost their lives as a result of unchecked cyberbullying. […]

The loss of a beloved family member can be so hard.  The pain and heartache feels relentless.  In years gone past, families were often able to physically rally around each other and provide the support so needed.  However in our crazy modern age where global citizenship, time poverty and a more fluid family structure prevails, […]

Teaching our kids how to stay safe online is one of the highest priorities for parents in this digital age.  But what about staying safe WHILE online?  Do we need to add this to our parenting checklist? Absolutely. Teaching our kids how to make good decisions about where and when to use technology is especially […]

Sun safety, road safety, stranger danger… we all know that it is essential we teach our kids the key facts but what about internet safety?  Do you have it on your list? With four kids, a job, ridiculous amounts of activities, pets and a regularly travelling husband, my to-do list is long and never-ending.  I […]