There are many ways you can access the Internet on 3.
(a) Mobile Web - Surf the web directly from your 3 mobile.
(b) Mobile as a modem - You can use your 3 Mobile as a modem. Simply connect your PC, Laptop or PDA to your 3 mobile using a USB cable or Bluetooth for broadband internet access.
(c) NetConnect Card - The NetConnect Card is a modem card for use with a PC. It provides dedicated always on broadband access to the internet on your laptop.
The Internet offers adults and children a vast array of educational and rewarding experiences. There are certain parts of the Internet though which may be inappropriate for children and as such would require online guidance and supervision.
ACMA has developed a Families Guide to the Internet as part of their Cybersmart Kids Programme. This Programme is designed to assist families by listing safety rules for kids of different age groups, and advising what they should do and be aware when using the Internet.
A number of other sites which are dedicated to providing information on Internet safety are provided below, they contain information that some parents may find useful:
(a) Risks to Children when using the Internet
Despite the educational and social benefits for children accessing the Internet, there are also associated risks with its use. These include:
(b) Hints for Parents
The following are a number of hints for parents to help protect their children when using the Internet.
For further information, please see the IIA's Resources for Parents on Supervising Children's Access to the Internet.
(c) Advice: Internet Safety
Here is a list of common sense rules for Internet safety that Children and Teenagers should be encouraged to follow:
(d) Advice: Chat Services
Here is a list of common sense rules for Chat safety that Children and Teenagers should be encouraged to follow:
(e) Advice: Email
Parents are advised to teach their children never to respond to junk email or email from someone they don't know. By responding they could be verifying to the sender that they have a valid email address (which may result in more junk or spam email). Further parents should instruct their children to never send a photograph of themselves or any other personal information to a stranger.
(f) Advice: Newsgroups / Bulletin Boards / Discussion Groups
Newsgroups (also known as bulletin boards or discussion groups) are public online discussion groups where users can post or read messages and download/upload files. Unlike chat rooms, they are not live sites and messages, once posted, will stay online where others can then view and respond to them. Discussions can include news or other topics and can contain participant's opinions as well as factual (or false) information.
Parents should inform their children never to reveal personal information to strangers or individuals they do not know well. Posting in a news group will make an email address public.
Internet users who are residents of Australia have the right to make a complaint to ACMA about content that they believe may be prohibited or illegal under the regulatory regime. ACMA will investigate complaints to assess whether the content is prohibited or illegal.
To make a complaint to ACMA about prohibited content you can either:
To ensure that ACMA appropriately investigates your complaint, you must set out:
There can be many risks in using the Internet. A number of tools though are available, along with some helpful information that can allow users to take appropriate steps to safeguard their computer.
(a) Unsolicited Email (Spam)
Spam is unwanted or unsolicited junk email, such as unsolicited email advertising or messages that may include sexual or offensive content. Spam disrupts email delivery, clogs up computer systems, wastes time, irritates users and raises the cost of Internet access fees.
The IIA has a National Spam Initiative which aims to empower all Australian Internet users to limit their exposure to spam. The initiative provides for a number of tips and resources which can assist users. The initiative and associated resources can be found here.
You can minimise your exposure to spam by:
Additionally, we use a spam filter as part of our spam reduction strategy and this filter sorts incoming emails messages and rejects them if it believes it is spam.
If you think you have received spam:
(b) Viruses and Anti-Virus Software
A virus is a malicious program or piece of code that causes an unexpected (usually negative) event. They are often disguised as games, images or emails attachments with clever, deceitful names such as "Instant Cash" or "Reduce your Mortgage". They can often have such effects as erasing files on your hard drive or preventing you from using or accessing files on your computer.
The IIA has a National AntiVirus Initiative which aims to empower all Australian Internet users to better control their exposure to Internet viruses. The initiative provides for a number of tips and free trial anti virus software which can assist users. The initiative, and links for downloading free trial anti virus software can be found here.
Once you have installed an anti-virus package, you should scan your entire computer periodically.
Some helpful tips to assist you in limiting your exposure to viruses are:
(a) Using a PC
A filter is a computer program that is specifically designed to limit access to certain types of content on the Internet. The use of filters is not mandatory in Australia, either under law or the IIA Codes. Users can choose whether or not to install and activate them. Filters can however be a useful addition to direct parental supervision and as such are a positive resource to assist Internet users.
The IIA has a list of content filters which are listed below.
Each filter product has a web site that provides more information about the product and how to use it.
More information about filters can be obtained from either ACMA or NetAlert websites.
(b) Using a 3 mobile
Current technology is not adequate to provide effective filtering for Internet content when it is accessed via a mobile. However the telecommunications industry and government are monitoring developments to ensure that appropriate technology is implemented when it becomes available.
To safeguard customers in relation to the Mobile Web product, 3 has implemented the following safeguards:
Internet content is stored information that is accessed over the Internet. This includes stored content found on Internet websites or in postings on newsgroups/bulletin boards. It does not include content within ordinary emails or content that is accessed in ‘real time' without previously being stored - such as chat services or "streamed" audio/visual content.
Australian Internet users should be aware that placing certain content on the Internet may give rise to criminal or civil liability under applicable State, Territory or Commonwealth law.
The following categories of Internet content are prohibited for hosting on servers within Australia: