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10 tips for keeping teens safe online during schoolies

10 tips for keeping teens safe online during schoolies

teen cyber safety10 tips for keeping teens safe online during schoolies

Safe to say that Schoolies 2020 won’t be the same as in previous years.

Covid19 restrictions have seen the cancellation of many events around the country which understandably is upsetting for the kids. As a community, we all need to support those who have worked so hard through a very challenging year as they deserve to celebrate.

Kids will be kids and they will find a way to celebrate whether it be via approved Schoolies events or not. Covid or no Covid.

Navigating Schoolies with kids determined to celebrate, have a great time, stay safe and manage alcohol, sex and drugs are hard enough. The additional complexities of the online world must be included in our safety message.

With that in mind, here are some tips from Jacqueline Jayne, Security Awareness Advocate APAC at KnowBe4, for the kids staying safe online during Schoolies.

social media teens

Refunds or Payments

If you have already paid money toward your Schoolies event via official channels, be aware that cybercriminals may take advantage of events being cancelled and attempt to steal your money. Make sure that you only ever communicate via an official website such as

Free Wifi

This one is easy – don’t use free wi-fi as it is 99% unsecured. If you must use it, please make sure you use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) which will keep your data and online activity safe from prying eyes.

Social Media

Be extra vigilant when it comes to invitations to events or friend requests. Sadly, there are some opportunistic people who prey on kids and they will go to great lengths to create fake events or fake profiles using Schoolies as the lure.

There will be an increase of social media posts and activity during this time. Think before your comment, like or share on anything. Also, think twice before ‘checking in’ at a location.

Look out for Trolls online. These are people who deliberately make a provocative statement or comment designed to make people respond. Ignore the trolls – they will go away if no one plays their little games.

Update your privacy settings on all your social media apps so that the only people who can see your posts are your Friends!

teen on social media


Update all your passwords and make sure that you don’t re-use any passwords or login details. And don’t share your passwords with anyone!


If you are sending, posting or sharing harmful, negative, mean or false information about someone, you are being a cyber bully. This can be via text, SMS, Instant Messenger, email, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Tik-Tok etc.

Being a bully online is easier than being a bully to someone’s face and the statistics are terrifying with one in five young people have been bullied online.

If you do see any cyberbullying online, don’t participate, take a screenshot as it might be needed as evidence.

Dating Apps

Apps such as Tinder are often used at Schoolies events. There are people who will create fake profiles and misrepresent themselves in attempt to take advantage of kids. Remember that you need to be over 18 to use Tinder and there are no doubt people under 18 will set up profiles. This is very risky as you do not know who you are really talking to. My advice? Stay away from Tinder and apps like it. The opportunity is too alluring for predatory individuals so avoid putting yourself in harm’s way.


During this time, cybercriminals will craft some clever emails enticing you to click on a link, open an attachment or getting you to hand over personal information. Be aware of the subjects of these emails and instructions to take action such as ‘Limited Tickets for Schoolies – buy yours now’ or ‘Cheap rental for Schoolies party – book now’ or ‘Click here to access the VIP Lounge’ or ‘Off the Grid Party – book now’.


When it comes to mobile phones, there are added dangers when it comes to staying safe online. The ability of ‘proximity enabling’ with some apps have the potential for predators to pretend to be someone they are not and take advantage of someone’s innocence while celebrating. Be extra careful when communicating with someone online who you have never met and make sure your friends know where you are always. Check in on one another or stay in groups.


Sending, sharing or asking for sexually explicit images, messages or videos from someone could be treated as a criminal offence if it involves someone under 18.

Sending a sext to someone who did not ask for it is illegal and if you are under 18 and send sexts you could be charged with producing or disseminating child pornography and put on a Sex Offender Register.

If you do receive an unwanted sext message:

  • Don’t forward it or share it or upload it
  • Don’t delete it either as you might need to show it to your Parents, Caregivers or Police

Smile – You’re on Candid Camera

Everyone has a mobile device these days and there is a good chance you will be filmed (without your knowledge). Keep this in mind as these photos and videos have been used in relation to charging people as a result of their behaviour.

Think before your share. It’s human nature to want to take selfies and photos to capture the moments of Schoolies. Just remember that once you share a photo online IT IS THERE FOREVER and pay attention to what’s happening with those around you. No one has the right to take a compromising photo of someone else and post it without their consent. Don’t share embarrassing photos of your friends or anyone for that matter.

Resources for Schoolies and their Parents and Caregivers

Download the Emergency Plus app

From the app store:

“In an emergency, time and location accuracy are critical. By downloading the ‘Emergency +’ app, you’ll equip yourself with a powerful tool that will help you call Triple Zero (000) quickly, and allow you to accurately communicate your location to emergency call-takers.

‘Emergency +’ is a national app developed by Australia’s emergency services and their government industry partners, helping people to call the right number at the right time, anywhere in Australia. Emergency + also includes SES and Police Assistance Line numbers as options, so non-emergency calls are made to the most appropriate number.”

Useful information to help you stay safe online.

Report Cyberbullying, image-based abuse or Illegal and harmful content


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The Tutor Doctor difference

The Tutor Doctor difference

Tutor Doctor

The Tutor Doctor difference

Providing the educational building blocks to help your child become a high performer at school and in life.

Tutor Doctor is a one-to-one, in home and online tutoring company that works with students of all age groups, across all subject matter.

The Tutor Doctor difference is the customised approach they apply to each of their students, appreciating every student as a unique individual.

Tutor Doctor

A thinking cap tailored to your child’s way of thinking

Tutor Doctor Tutoring is not a one-size-fits-all model, sessions are tailored to each child’s individual needs, with tutors spending time upfront assessing a students skills, strengths and areas for growth.

Uncovering the unique way each student learns

Tutor Doctor provides a customised learning plan, specific to your child, reflective of their needs, and in conjunction with their school curriculum.

Whether you have a teenager trying to get their geometry skills to the next level or a young child working on their reading skills, the qualified tutors at Tutor Doctor can provide services for all grades, levels, and subjects.

Choosing a Tutor for your child can be tricky

It can be confusing and frustrating when it comes to finding an in-home or online tutor for your child.

You’re looking for someone with a number of different qualifications, someone that is knowledgeable, friendly, understanding, and flexible.

But most of all, you’re looking for a tutor that can meet your child where they are, to get them where they need to go. To empower your child and to build their confidence in academics and in life.

Tutor Doctor takes away the stress of finding a tutor, and supports your student and family every step of the way.

The Tutor Doctor Tutors

Making learning personal. In person and online.

As parents, we understand that our child will need the right tutor for their specific academic goals and struggles, personality, and learning style. Tutor Doctor understands this too.

Tutor Doctor finds professional tutors that don’t just have the right qualifications on paper, but have a passion for what they do and possess excellent people skills. Tutors who can build relationships with students and help them feel comfortable during sessions.

Tutor Doctor Tutors are:

  • Passionate about working with students and helping them improve their educational experience
  • Collaborative, working closely with parents and teachers to keep everyone informed about a student’s progress and needed support
  • Consistent. You can rely on the tutors to show up on time and on schedule—whenever is most convenient for you.

The Tutor Doctor Difference – at a glance


  • One-to-one, in-home tutoring
  • Academic coaching & study skills support
  • Accommodates your schedule
  • Collaborates with teachers
  • Lessons aligned with classroom curriculum


  • Free consultation
  • Complimentary academic and learning-style assessment
  • Personalised goal-setting strategies


  • Comprehensive tutor assistance and support
  • Students expertly matched via proven system
  • Criminal background checks
  • Subject matter specialists
  • Reports prepared after every session
  • E-tutoring available


  • Proactive family communications
  • Able to share hours among family members
  • Customer feedback system
  • Dedicated and caring support
  • Resources for families, students and tutors
  • Money-back guarantee

Tutor Doctor gets real results

Every student benefits from one-to-one attention and curriculum tailor-made for their education level.

Tutor Doctor’s process gets real results, meaning your child will be able to confidently enter the classroom knowing they have the skills and knowledge to excel.

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Word on the street with Helen Connolly: Believe your kids

Word on the street with Helen Connolly: Believe your kids

WORD ON THE STREET: Believe your kids when they tell you all is not right with their world

Helen Connolly, Commissioner for Children & Young People

with Helen Connolly
Commissioner for Children & Young People

Being believed is crucial to kids. It makes them feel respected and valued. Imagine not being believed? Sadly many kids have this experience regularly when interacting with some adults in their lives, at home, at school, or in the community, when accessing government or community services.
If you want your kids to learn the value of trust then demonstrate how this is done. Create opportunities to spend time actively listening to your child, so that you foster moments where real mutual trust and respect can be forged.

As adults we need to reinforce in kids that what they think really does matter, that their opinions are valid and worth sharing, and that what they tell us is of concern to them will be taken seriously. They need to know that the adults in their lives are genuinely concerned about their wellbeing, and that what’s worrying them will be prioritised.

Don’t make the mistake of assuming that the things that bothered us when we were kids are the same things that bother children and young people today. They’re growing up in an entirely different world to the one in which we were raised, so their interests and concerns are completely different.
Kids look for moments when they can forget their limitations around language and emotions, and instead share their deepest concerns and discoveries with adults they trust, knowing they’re not being judged.

The adults that children and young people have told me they like most, are those who are happy, helpful and accommodating, who have a friendly smile, a warm and welcoming manner, and who show empathy, honesty and respect.

Take the time to get to know your children individually. Listen to them with interest and an open mind, and take their ideas and suggestions seriously. Include them in your decision-making. Make an effort to understand their lives and their different points of view. Don’t just make assumptions about their situations, or assume you know best.

By building the kind of relationship that reinforces interest in your child or young person’s point of view and by practising active listening, you will lay down the foundations for a relationship full of mutual respect and cooperation. You will engender confidence in your child or young person to seek you out when they need some extra support, particularly at those times when they can’t manage what’s not right in their world by themselves.

If you’re a child or young person, parent or grandparent who would like to get in touch with me, send an email to:

or visit

Helen Connolly


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The year before school is so important for young children. It’s where they learn the skills to develop the confidence they need to make a smooth transition to school.

If you are the parent of a three or four-year-old then you have probably already started to consider what your options are for Kindergarten (also known as preschool) for 2021.

What are your options?

For first time parents it can be a little overwhelming wrapping your head around the different options – Government run programs, sessional ELCs or Kindergarten at a centre-based long day care service.

For a government preschool you also need to consider your ‘catchment area’ (or sometimes called ‘school zone’) and priority / wait lists may apply. Then cross your fingers and wait to see if you will be offered a place. Not to mention the added challenge of the traditionally limited Kindergarten hours – either ‘sessions’ or a ‘full 9-3 day’, maybe 2.5 days per week or perhaps a five-day fortnight.

goodstart early learning

Wraparound care for up to 12 hours a day

If both you and your partner are working, these inflexible hours can be hard to accommodate. This is when a Kindergarten program in a centre-based long day care setting, such as Goodstart Early Learning, has its perks. You get wraparound care for up to 12 hours a day, so your child can attend Kindergarten with the flexible longer hours you need.

No packing lunches!

Plus, at Goodstart, nutritious meals are included (so no packing lunches, yay!!), there are extracurricular activities and all kindergarten children receive a polo shirt, hat and a drink bottle.

Subsidised care

And the icing on the cake, thanks to the Child Care Subsidy, if you attend a Goodstart Kindergarten Program you may be entitled to 36 hours of subsidised care per fortnight. And, even better is that families don’t need to meet the activity test in order to qualify for this subsidy payment – that means that regardless of how much work or recognised activity you and your partner do, you can still receive payments to offset the cost of kindergarten.

Learn more about the eligibility requirement online:,au

goodstart early learning


At Goodstart the Kindergarten program is evidence based and is specifically designed for children aged 3-5 years. The curriculum is based on the Early Years Learning Framework, which is delivered by degree-qualified Early Childhood Teachers. This program nurtures children’s collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking skills.

Smooth transition to school

Goodstart’s high-quality Kindergarten program delivers a government approved curriculum and is geared towards helping children develop the foundational skills they need for a smooth transition to school. The program is built upon play-based learning which makes it active and fun for children and helps them develop an openness to learning that lasts well into adult life.

The Goodstart Kindergarten Program helps children become school ready by developing their:

• Physical health and wellbeing
• Social competence
• Emotional maturity
• Language and cognitive skills
• Communication skills and general knowledge



Play-based learning is a simple concept but because so many of us are accustomed to seeing learning occur in formal settings, it’s easily misunderstood.

Play-based learning is all about the process that children embark on, rather than achieving a specific outcome. It’s an approach that is led by the child and supported by teachers and educators by recognising ‘teachable moments’ during play, or by carefully planning play experiences that open up opportunities for learning.

When children engage in play, they are more motivated to learn and develop positive feelings towards learning. By drawing on their natural desires, play-based learning is perfect for young children.

Enrolments are open for the 2021 Goodstart Kindergarten Program

With 51 centres across South Australia, there’s likely to be a Goodstart Early Learning centre near you. Book a tour and meet their friendly team early childhood teachers.



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10 tips you NEED to know BEFORE starting solids

10 tips you NEED to know BEFORE starting solids

starting solids
TINY HEARTS EDUCATION: 10 tips you NEED to know BEFORE starting solids

Starting solids is an exciting but confusing milestone for you and your bub!

The team at Tiny Hearts Education bring education to all Australian parents that will transform their parenting experience, and give them the knowledge to move through pregnancy, childbirth and parenthood with confidence.

There are so many questions about starting solids, but at the risk of overwhelming you, Tiny Hearts Education have put together the top 10 tips to make the transition go as smoothly as possible.

1. Start feeding bub when they are ready

You will know your bub is ready to start eating solid foods when they begin displaying the following signs:
They have good head and neck control and can sit upright when supported

They show an interest in food – for example, they look at or reach out for your food

They open their mouth when offered food on a spoon

They have increased appetite, are feeding more often and want more breast milk or formula at the end of their feed

If your bub isn’t displaying any of these signs or eating solids by 7-8 months, we recommend chatting to your child health nurse, doctor or dietitian.

introducing solids

2. The time of day really matters!

When starting solids with your bub, pick a time of day when they are not tired or overstimulated. An example of this would be after their first nap of the day. Get them up, offer their normal milk feed and then a small tablespoon of solids.

3. Don’t get frustrated – your bub is learning a new skill!

It will be messy, they will play with their food, and they won’t eat much, but this is 100% normal. Think of it as learning to snowboard, you’re never going to be the fantastic the first time you try, and you’ll likely spend more time on your bum than standing! It’s essential to keep calm – it’s meant to be a fun experience after all! Each time you try, your bub will become more confident.

introducing solids

4. Know your options for feeding your bub

There are three options you can consider when introducing solids to your little one:

  • Baby-led weaning (BLW)
  • Spoon feeding
  • Or a mix of both!

Baby-led weaning

BLW is when your bub feeds themselves. If this is an option you’d like to try, offer your little one a selection of finger foods suitable for their age (I’ve listed some food recommendations in our 10th tip). This is where the all-important squish test comes in (check out tip 9) and will help to prevent choking.

Spoon Feeding

Spoon feeding is the traditional method and is when you feed your bub pureed foods like veggies, fruit and rice cereal before gradually progressing to mashed or chopped foods. This helps them to get used to the texture of solid foods. The best part about this method is that you can puree ahead of time and freeze them until you need them.

Or try them both!

Your third option is to use a mixture of both methods. Both methods have their pros and cons, but pick up on your bub’s queues and what they’re enjoying best!

spoon feeding

5. Iron-rich foods are the KEY

Iron-rich foods should be fed to your baby at around six months of age.

Iron-rich foods include:

  • Iron-enriched baby cereals
  • Meats, poultry and fish
  • Well-cooked egg
  • Legumes like lentils and chickpeas

6. Avoid fussy eaters

As part of a healthy diet, aim to offer your baby a variety of foods from each food group. Just because you don’t like it or they don’t on the first try doesn’t mean you don’t offer it! Babies are learning to enjoy food and need variety to avoid becoming fussy.

7. Know the top allergy-causing foods and introduce these carefully

The most common allergenic foods are:

  • Wheat
  • Soy
  • Peanut
  • Fish and shellfish
  • Sesame
  • Tree nuts
  • Egg
  • Cow’s milk

It’s vital than you introduce these foods before your bub celebrates their first birthday. When introducing allergenic foods, introduce one at a time and only start to introduce allergenic foods into their diet once bub has had a few weeks, at least, of successful feeding.

Top tip: When introducing nuts, use nut flours or smoother butter or pastes.

8. Know what an allergy looks like

You must know what the signs and symptoms are of a mild, moderate and severe allergy before introducing allergenic foods.

Mild to moderate allergic reaction symptoms:

  • Hives or welts
  • Tingling in the mouth
  • Swelling of the face and eyes
  • Stomach pain, vomiting or diarrhoea (note: this is a sign of anaphylaxis in insect bites or stings)

Severe (anaphylaxis) allergic reaction symptoms:

  • Difficult or noisy breathing
  • Wheeze
  • A persistent cough
  • Swelling of the tongue
  • Swelling or tightness in the throat
  • Difficulty speaking or a hoarse voice
  • Persistent dizziness
  • Collapse or loss of consciousness
  • Young children may be pale and floppy
  • Pale and sweaty
  • Abdominal pain, vomiting or diarrhoea, hives, welts or a rash (considered anaphylaxis when combined with any of the above symptoms)

If your bub shows any signs of an allergy, DO NOT feed them the food again, even if the reaction is mild. Seek medical advice.

Tiny Hearts have also written a blog post on four mamas experiences with anaphylaxis so you can hear their stories and what reactions look like to educate yourself further.

9. Learn how to prepare food safely for your bub

When feeding your little one, you must stay with your child and watch them at all times. Some key food preparation tips include:

Avoid giving hard pieces of food such as raw apple or carrot, whole or chopped nuts

Instead, grate cook, puree or mash hard fruits and vegetables to avoid choking (a.k.a what we showed you in the squish test!)

If you are BLW, suitable finger foods can include steamed veggies, roasted vegetable wedges, strips of meat, fish or chicken, bread or toast and crackers and soft fruits

An easy way of remembering if the food is okay to give to your bub – use the squish test. Pinch between your pointer finger and thumb, which mimics the pressure of a toothless little one’s gums. If the food squishes easily, it’s likely safe to give to bub. If it doesn’t easily squish you need to cook, mash or grate it, so it becomes soft enough to pass the test.

10. Alright – you’re ready!

Here are some options to start your baby on in the first month of introducing solids:

  • Baby cereal
  • Sweet potato
  • Apple
  • Banana
  • Avocado
  • Chicken
  • Cheese
  • Yoghurt

These should all be prepared with the above recommendations, of course! Introduce allergenic foods after bub has been feeding well for a month.

Some important things to remember:

  • Do not add salt, sugar or other additives to your baby’s food.
  • Do not give them processed foods with fat, sugar and/or salt (e.g. cakes, biscuits, chips, fried foods)
  • Fruit juice, cordial, soft drinks, flavoured water, unpasteurised milk, soy milk, goat’s milk, rice/oat milk, caffeinated drinks, tea, coffee and herbal drinks are not recommended for babies
  • Avoid honey due to the risk of bacteria until 1-year-old

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Why Orthodontics is more than just aesthetics

Why Orthodontics is more than just aesthetics


Why Orthodontics is more than just aesthetics

As a parent, it’s not unusual to have questions about orthodontic treatment for your kids. We thought we’d do some investigating for you and speak to the lovely team at Transform Orthodontic Care.

FAQ’s about Orthodontics

When people think of orthodontics, mostly what comes to mind is braces, and “is an orthodontist a dentist”?

And the answer is no!

A Specialist Orthodontist completes an extra 3 years of training on top of a dental degree to become an expert in this field.

Orthodontics is about more than braces and straightening teeth and definitely more than just what your teeth look like.

Let’s talk Malocclusion

When you see a Specialist Orthodontist you might hear the term – malocclusion which refers to your bite.

A malocclusion is when your teeth don’t meet correctly when you bite together. You might hear the terms overbite, crossbite, underbite, open bite and deep bite, just to name a few, to describe the kind of bite you might have.

Having a malocclusion can have negative impacts on your oral health and wellbeing including excessive tooth wear, jaw joint pain, gum recession and even headaches.

What are the symptoms of having a malocclusion?

Some symptoms can include:

  • Abnormal alignment of teeth
  • Abnormal wear of your teeth
  • Alteration of facial structure
  • Frequent biting of the inner cheeks or tongue
  • Difficulty chewing or biting
  • Speech difficulties, including the development of a lisp
  • Breathing through your mouth, rather than your nose.

Can malocclusions cause headaches?

According to the Australian Society of Orthodontists, a severely misaligned jaw can lead to stress and pain in the teeth and jaw leading to headaches, particularly if it’s caused by grinding of the teeth.

Why is aligning my jaw important?

An uneven bite can put enough pressure on the joint that acts as the hinge for your jaw leading to chronic headaches, which is why properly aligning the jaw and straightening the teeth need to go hand in hand.

How will I know if I have a malocclusion?

When you see a Specialist Orthodontist like Dr De Angelis they’re not just looking at your teeth. They do a facial examination at the initial consultation then take a number of X-rays so they can see exactly what’s going on. The X-rays are really important diagnostic tools that help work out how and where the teeth need to move in order to straighten the teeth and if needed, to correct the bite and align the jaw correctly.

If you have any concerns, seeing a Specialist Orthodontist is a good idea. They can recommend treatment to correct the position of your teeth and avoid potential pain, discomfort, and oral complications.

Dr De Angelis

Locations in St Peters, West Lakes and Modbury.
133 TOC (133 862)


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