VAC: Answering your questions

VAC_ Answering your questions

You know how I told you about that talk I was giving at the Victorian Autism Conference last week? Well, I did it. And the world didn’t end, nor did I ugly cry on the stage or completely forget my words. So I’m calling it a win.

But there was a heap of questions, all valid and important that I couldn’t answer properly on the spot, so I thought I’d do a post to share some of the answers here, just in case you’re also interested…

What other autism blogs do you recommend?

There’s a really long list of amazing autism blogs out there, written by both parents and autistics. These are but a handful that I’ve stumbled across (and I’ve kept it to six, because it could be a VERY long list), but if I’ve missed your favourite, please let me know and I’ll add it in.

What hashtags do you follow?

Hashtags are a great way to find like-minded people, whether it be around a passion subject, or just people who share a similar sense of humour. While they don’t work so well on Facebook (too many people have private profiles) they do work well on Instagram and Twitter. Jump in!

  • #ActuallyAutistic
  • #NeuroTribes or #NeuroDiversity
  • #Autism
  • #ThisIsAutism
  • #AutismParent

How do I keep my kids safe online?

Look, I’m not going to give you any false hope here. As much as I love the internet and all associated things, there is no doubt there is an element of risk handing over the keys to your kids. But like all dangerous things, the risk can be managed with some skills and know-how, and a few good tools. I’d recommend checking out the following.

  • The Modern Parent for all tips on keeping your kids safe online, app reviews and just general info to help prepare yourself and your kids.
  • AutCraft is a special server created especially for autistic children. It’s about as safe as an online server can possibly be, and it’s the one place I don’t fret about Poss playing.
  • This is a pretty straight forward guide to how to use the parental controls on YouTube.
  • Guided Access is a great way to keep the kids in a particular app on your iPhone or iPad, and block out the areas that you don’t want them to be playing with. Here’s how you can set it up.
  • You can also set up password restrictions on your iPhone or iPad to stop all sorts of things. Check it out here.

What platforms do you use?

Me personally? Well I tend to hang out mostly on Instagram and Facebook. It used to be Twitter, but for some reason, it just doesn’t hold the appeal it used to. I like the community feel of Facebook, especially on my own page of course, and Instagram just sucks me in visually every time.

Poss and I both dabble in SnapChat, but I’m probably too old, and she’s probably too young, so other than the filters, it holds little appeal.


If I’ve missed anything here – whether it be an awesome blog, a fabulous hash-tag or a great safety tip, I’d love to hear it. Please feel free to leave it in the comments below!

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  1. Some great resources, thank you ๐Ÿ™‚
    Jane @Almost Jane recently posted..This one time when running saved my life…My Profile

  2. Thanks for listing my blog. I didn’t get to see your presentation at VAC unfortunately but did see you get your award. Congratulations! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I follow most of these blogs but there are some new ones for me to follow, so thanks for sharing this today. A big thanks too for including my blog on your list – I’m very honoured! You know you and Stuart are on my list of favourite autism blogs too and I really do enjoy Jess’ writings over at GirlTribe as well. I know so manay people will benefit from this list of resources – well done for putting it together Renee!
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