Telethon Kids Institute is proud to deliver Beacon - a cyber safety educational app designed to keep parents and carers up-to-date with trusted, tailored information, to help keep their kids safe online.
Beacon is designed specifically for parents as a personalised, one-stop-shop for reliable information about the online world. It arms parents and carers with the knowledge they need to confidently help navigate their children’s digital behaviour and reduce harms we know are associated with being online and on screens.
Beacon will shine a light on the online world with:
- Articles and videos backed by the latest research
- Tailored content and alerts, unique to your family needs
- An interactive, personalised digital family agreement
- Help and services that are available to you and your family
Beacon is here to support all families
Beacon aims to improve the digital future for Australian children by building parents’ and carers’ digital skills so they can confidently navigate their children’s use of digital technology in a positive way and minimise potential harms associated with being online.
The Beacon app integrates seamlessly into parents’ daily lives, delivering the most trusted and up-to-date information backed by behavioural science research, as well as personalised support, ideas and strategies at their fingertips to navigate the ever-changing online world.
The Beacon Digital Citizenship Framework outlines all the evidence-based topics found in the Beacon app (in the BROWSE tab menu) including information for each age group - pre-schoolers, young children, early adolescents and teenagers:
App and devices provides reviews of popular games, social media and chatting apps
Digital parenting such as managing screen time, online safety basics and role modelling
Relationships such as cyberbullying, dating and social connections
Health and wellbeing such as mental health, body images and online/offline balance
Learning and education such as school and technology, developmental needs and media literacy
Privacy and security such as setting parental controls on devices, apps and consoles, digital footprint and cyber security
Online safety such as pornography, grooming and hard-to-have conversations
Evidenced-based and easy to use
This app is so easy to use. I like to scroll through the browse tab. It’s looks really nice and is easy to get to the tabs I want. I found the article on Facebook Messenger Kids really interesting and informative.
Rory Murray: Parent testimonial
A must-have app for all parents!!
What a fantastic initiative by Telethon Kids.. [it] has all the info needed when searching for things like apps and whether they’re safe for my kids!!