The online world has pitfalls for the unwary

THIS week's arrest of a local AFL manager for allegedly grooming a 13-year-old boy made headlines across the country.

While the matter remains under investigation and the evidence against the accused has yet to be presented in court, there are aspects of this case which can't be discussed in the media. There are some things, however, which can be said.

Firstly, congratulations to the parents of the young boy. Not only had they alerted him to the potential dangers of the internet, but they'd developed a relationship which gave him the confidence to tell them what had allegedly been happening.

It might come as a shock to many teens but the anonymous world of social media is not as benign as they might believe. Hopefully, this incident will stir all parents to talk to their kids about the sometimes dangerous reality of the online world, and prompt some to reconsider what online access younger children have.

A big thumbs up, meantime, to the AFL (NSW/ACT) hierarchy.

Faced with such damaging accusations, their swift and definitive response, and open engagement, must be commended.

Graeme Singleton,
Editor



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