Eastern Courier : January 26th 2010
4 EASTERN COURIER, JANUARY 26, 2011 NEWS Visit the Neighbourhood Support website: www.nsupport.co.nz CRIME MAP Bucklands Beach Highland Park Howick Botany Downs East Tamaki Flat Bush Pakuranga Dannemora Senior constable Adele White Youth Education Howick police Phone 538-0300 3 2 11 1 1 2 2 0 It has been necessary to once again remind our teenagers of the dangers associated with the use of social networking sites on the internet. Most teenagers are extremely skilled in their use of ''the net'' -- often more so than mum or dad. But they are naive when it comes to the possible outcomes of misuse. Facebook and other similar sites have become a popular and widely used method of keeping in touch with friends, both local and around the world. Despite facebook users having to be 13 many younger children are active users. Users are placing personal details online which are able to be accessed and subsequently misused. This ultimately places them in vulnerable and unsafe situations. Younger users are at risk of being persuaded to pursue face-to-face meetings with undesirable people who have gained this information. Sadly there are people with the intention of establishing inappropriate relationships with young people using social networking sites to make contacts. You might ask your child how they know whether the person they are talking to online is in fact who they think it is. In many cases they won't. Some young users have posted photographs which depict them to be older than their years and some are of a provocative nature. These photos may well end up in cyberspace, and be used in unacceptable forums. We suggest the following to parents: Familiarise yourselves with the use of the internet -- and in particular any social networking sites your child may be using. They will have a statement of rights and responsibilities. Speak to your child about the dangers of placing personal details online, and of face-to- face meetings with those met online. Put boundaries in place. Children with unlimited and unsupervised access to the internet can often end up in troublesome situations. Visit www.netsafe.org.nz This excellent website provides enlightening information for parents, and offers a fantastic support site for younger internet users in Hector's World. ADELE WHITE Senior constable, Youth Education Howick police Burglaries January 17-24 Pakuranga: Beechdale Cres, Bell Rd, Elderberry Rd, Wanaka Place, Cardiff Rd, Riverlea Rd, Studfall St, Ti Rakau Drive, Glenmore Rd, Bluegum Rise, Caithness Place. Bucklands Beach: Bucklands Beach Rd, Lisa Rise, Pigeon Mountain Rd. Highland Park: Aviemore Drive (2). Howick: Estuary Views. Botany Downs: Ti Rakau Drive. Dannemora: 0. East Tamaki: Harris Rd, Amylynn Place. Flat Bush: Ravello Rise, Chapel Rd. Whitford, Beachlands, Maraetai: 0.
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