Hunter Life Education cyber safety van rolls in to Newcastle Regional Show

GLUED to their screens, children of the Hunter are spending more and more time on the internet with little concern for their cyber safety.

This year at the Newcastle Regional Show, Hunter Life Education will bring the bCyberwise program to the Skills on Show exhibit.

The program teaches children about the importance of being a good cyber citizen.

It will provide parents with the tools to monitor their child's internet use and help keep them safe from bullies online.

Hunter Life Education executive officer Sally Coddington said cyber safety included educating children and adults about the risks online and how to prevent them.

"Even teachers aren't well prepared, they'd be surprised to know that children as young as eight have Facebook accounts and are using them unsupervised," she said. "Most parents aren't cyber safe themselves and provide personal information to hundreds of people online without knowing it.

"The question is no longer whether or not we let our children use the internet, it's how we let them use it."

The program will run from Hunter Life Education's flagship van, which boasts interactive learning via 3D tablets.

■ Hunter Life Education and its van will be at the Skills on Show exhibit, Newcastle Regional Show, February 28 to March 2.

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