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Mobile tips for School leavers

It's getting close to the end of the school year again 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.

While the Schoolies website has some great tips, here are our mobile tips for Schoolies:

  • 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).
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Final NTP results cannot confirm mobile phone cause cancer in humans

The long awaited final results of the decade-spanning US National Toxicology Program on radiofrequency energy exposure has found no consistent effects in male and female mice and rats exposed to mobile phone signals for their whole life (2 years). However, in a sub-section of the study, researchers found that at the highest doses for the longest periods of time, cellphone radiation might cause a rare cancer in male rats. “High exposure to radiofrequency radiation (RFR) in rodents resulted in tumours in tissues surrounding nerves in the hearts of male rats, but not female rats or any mice, according to draft studies from the National Toxicology Program (NTP),” said a press release from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences where the program is headquartered.

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Mobiles, lightning risks and other myths

Mobile phones do not have any characteristics which would make them attractive to lightning strikes. While it is sensible to avoid using a fixed- line (copper wire) phone during a thunderstorm; the same precaution does not apply to mobile phones or fibre optic cable (e.g. NBN).

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Mobile tips for School leavers

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.

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Interference to mobile networks - Buyer Beware!

Interference to the mobile network can cause calls to drop out, data speeds to drop and impact on network performance. In the worst case, it can prevent someone else from making a call to Triple Zero in an emergency. The ACMA has now made available a consumer factsheet on interference that explains some of the common causes of interference and what you should do if you are contacted by a mobile network operator about interference to their network.