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, follow Alex on Twitter @Cybermum_AU or email Alex at

The capacity to recover from difficulties; to spring back into shape; the ability to be elastic – these are all definitions of that magic word parents all talk about and desperately hope we are teaching our children – resilience.   There is no doubt that resilient folk fare better in life. The ability to rationalise […]

In my opinion, teaching your kids good mobile phone etiquette is as essential as teaching good table etiquette. There is nothing quite so annoying and socially isolating as poor table manners – and mobile phone manners are no different. Mobile phones are clearly here to stay. For many (including myself!) they play an essential role […]

Nothing irritates me more than someone using their phone while talking to me – and it’s not because I think I am special; I just find it so terribly rude. If I ever find my boys doing it then WATCH OUT! I have zero tolerance! With 90% of Aussies now owning smartphones according to the […]

Listen up parents: live streaming is the latest trend that you need to get your heads around. Not only are there privacy issues that you need to understand so you can keep your kids safe but live streaming may just explain why your Internet usage is spiraling upwards! To ensure we’re are all up to […]

Life can sometimes deal us a tough set of cards. Dealing with a chronic illness is no exception. The Australian Bureau of Statistics believes that as our population ages so does the prevalence of chronic illness. Whether it is cancer, diabetes, obesity, Lyme disease or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, managing a chronic illness can often feel […]