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Children under 7 years must be properly restrained when traveling in a motor vehicle;
If a car has two or more rows of seats, children under 4 years must not travel in the front seat.If all rear seats are being used by children under 7 years, children aged 4 years and under 7 years may travel in the front seat provided they use an approved booster seat.
What about weight?
A child who is too heavy or tall for the restraint recommended for their age, should use a restraint in the next age category.
Did you know it’s an offense to;
For more information about vehicle child restraint safety please visit the Vic Roads website here.
Children can be hit by cars running into traffic, playing on or around driveways, playing in the street and making errors of judgement when crossing the street. Before the age of ten, children have not yet developed the skills and knowledge to handle risky situations.
Their impulsive actions can often take drivers by surprise. It is a mistake to assume that children can handle traffic risks by themselves, without help from parents.
Parents can help in the following ways, bearing in mind the age and developmental stage of the child:
SCAM watch is warning Australians to be alert to scam calls offering to pay carbon tax compensation into your bank account or asking survey questions about the carbon tax.
How the scam works
You can report scams to the ACCC via the report a scam page on SCAMwatch or by calling 1300 795 995.
When you send something electronically, either via your phone or over the internet, you lose control over who sees it or what they do with it. You may never be able to permanently delete the image or text. Before you send anything electronically, think about where it might end up.
Do you know who you are sending it to?
You might be tricked into thinking you are communicating with a friend, but can you be sure it is them holding the mobile or looking at the computer screen.
Do you know what the receiver will do with it?
Even if you are sure who is at the other end, can you really trust them? If your relationship turns sour, can you be sure that they won’t use that text or image against you?
Do you want it to be around forever?
Once you have shared something in digital format, it can easily be distributed to others and posted on the internet. Once you put something on the internet, it can never be permanently deleted. Think about this before you create something digital.
How will this affect your future?
A future employer might research you using internet search engines and decide not to hire you if they find inappropriate images or posts by you. Images of children taken by you could end up in the collection of online predators. This might result in law enforcement attempting to identify the victim in the images and this could cause you and your family unnecessary stress and humiliation.
What should you do before it happens to you?
Think twice before communicating or agreeing to share images with someone using technology.
Theft of wallets and purses are again on the rise. Protect your valuables when out in the shopping districts. Here are some helpful hints.
Keep it light
Don’t carry valuable or unnecessary items in your handbag or purse. Keep the amount of jewellery, keys, bank books, credit cards, cash or other valuables you carry with you to an absolute minimum (BPAY, EFTPOS or credit transactions are safer than carrying cash).
Shoppers should always have physical contact with their bags. Always have a bag in your lap when seated, never beside you. If you must put it down, place your foot or the leg of the chair through the carry strap to prevent it being removed without your knowledge. Know where your handbag is. Never provide thieves with an invitation by leaving purses/wallets on top of open bags. They should stay shut at all times and remain close to the person. Never leave a bag unattended in a shopping trolley, as hundreds are stolen this way each year. Thieves commonly work in pairs and can distract shoppers while an accomplice steals your belongings. Hold on to purses/wallets tightly at the checkout counters. Do not attempt to put them down while transferring groceries into the shopping trolley. Place the bag strap over your shoulder on the side away from passing traffic. The body of the bag should be held in front of your body, not to the side where it can be viewed and grabbed by passers-by. For this reason you should always walk on a footpath facing oncoming traffic.
Out of sight
Keep zips and clasps done up at all times. Do not advertise the amount of money you are carrying by opening your purse/wallet where people can see into it. Before withdrawing money from an ATM, look around you for any person that may be watching you or waiting nearby. Place your money in your purse, wallet or bag immediately after the transaction, and move away to a position where you can safely count the withdrawal. Do not count the money out in the open. If a bag has to be left in the car, place it in a locked glove box, under the seat or out of sight in the boot. Don’t move goods from the inside of your car to the boot at the same location as it is to be parked. A thief may be watching. Anything you don’t that will make you LOOK confident and strong will make you a less likely target for thieves.
No amount of money is worth the risk of personal injury or worse.