It's the end of the school year and parents and caregivers may be concerned about keeping school leavers safe during celebrations such as Schoolies, formals and other end of year events.
Crimestopers NSW has encouraged parents to keep the channels of communciation open. Crimestoppers said "Let your teen know that you understand that things can get out of control, and if they need to they can call you day or night and you are there to support them. Let them know they won’t be judged for doing so."
Most schoolies will be keeping in touch with parents via their mobiles and so we think it's important that parents stay engaged via SMS or social media with their kids so that they know they can reach out for help if they do get caught in a sticky situation.
- Keep your mobile phone with you and make sure it's charged and if it's prepaid that you have plenty of credit - if you get caught somewhere and need to call someone for help, you will need your mobile.
- Keep your mobile secure at all times - enable the PIN/Password and if you do lose your phone, call your service provider straight away to have you service cancelled and your phone blocked so that no-one else can use it and run up a bill. Click here for more info about lost and stolen phones.
- Always stop and think before you post a picture or message online - if it would hurt or upset someone else - don't post it (and if someone has shared intimate pictures of you without your consent you can find out more about image-based abuse here).