Adon Byron from Google New Zealand talking about child safety online

Adon Byron from Google New Zealand talking about child safety online


[MUSIC PLAYING] I’m Adon Byron from Google
New Zealand. I manage our sales business
in New Zealand, and I have two children. My son’s 11 and my daughter’s
eight and a half. I think what’s really important
from my perspective is that we balance the time
they spend online with the time that they spend outside
of the house being active children. My son likes to spend a wee bit
of time watching content. He’s a big wrestling fan. But one of the things that’s
really important to me is to make sure he’s watching
appropriate content. And one of the things I do is
sit with him and make sure that the content is right
for him and his age. He is allowed to access the
internet in his room. We have some strict boundaries
around that. He needs to show that he’s
acting in an adult way when he’s on the computer
in his bedroom. And I monitor where he’s been
and what he’s doing, just to ensure that there’s nothing
inappropriate going on. My daughter enjoys playing
games online. She likes sites like Club
Penguin, where children get to log in and be part of a
community of kids online, and they get to interact
with each other. One of the things I learned, I
had to educate my children on, was that there’s a difference
between a web-based program and something that they would
download from the internet onto our computer. And, potentially, that download
could contain viruses and be harmful. I think it’s really important
for parents to take the time to understand and to educate
their children as to what they’re looking at, who they’re
spending time with, and potentially who they’re connecting with on the computer. Just as you wouldn’t encourage
your children to, just outside the house environment, introduce
themselves to any stranger because there’s danger
potentially associated with that, it’s the
same as online. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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