Hi, my name is Moira Cronin and as a parent concerned about the cyber-safety of my kids, I recently decided to learn as much as I can about keeping my kids safe online. I chose to become McAfee’s Cybermum, and have made it my mission to find out the latest stories, facts and news when it comes to practicing internet safety at home. I also want to share what I learn with other parents and hope they will find my blog and insights useful.
As a mother of two children, aged ten and eight, who use our home computer and are becoming more and more active and internet savvy every day, I know how overwhelming and daunting the responsibility of protecting them from online threats can be. While I believe the internet is a great environment for them to play, learn, develop and socialise, I also know that there are potential risks and threats that I need to safeguard my family from. The internet is not going to go away and for most families it will continue to become an increasing part of our daily lives.
With the internet becoming more and more prevalent in my children’s lives I decided to become more active and aware of not only what they are doing and where they are going online, but also to educate them about online dangers. It’s a bit like “stranger danger” for kids when they are online. In talking with friends and other parents, I realised that they also shared my concerns and desire to be more proactive and aware about internet protection for their families but were unsure where to go for guidance. With this realisation I began a search for information which lead me to McAfee, an internet safety company, who will be supporting me in my endeavour as a Cybermum.
I am very excited to have the support of McAfee who will be assisting me in this quest and providing their insights and experience in how to keep our children safe.
As a Cybermum, I want to provide Australian families with my insights, experiences and explanations around internet security. Apart from sharing my own experiences, I would also like to hear what other parents have encountered. I will also be talking about the latest threats and trends with the cyber security experts from McAfee.
To help launch my first ever blog on internet safety, McAfee Australia has provided a free family safety assesment tool for all parents. This is a great way to start out on your own path to keeping your family protected. Go to http://mfesite.com/auitrat/itrat.html to complete your family assessment and receive recommendations from McAfee on how to improve your personal security.
I hope you will find my blog interesting, informative and worthwhile. I invite you to join in so that we can discuss a wide range of topics relating to online family safety. I also encourage you to send any questions you may have to me at email@example.com and I will do my best to answer your questions in a way that is easy to understand. You can also keep up to date on my blogs via twitter at Cybermum_Oz.
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