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StopCyberbullyingDay2020Blog

Stop Cyberbullying Day 2020 has arrived and there has never been a more important time to come together to promote kindness and acceptance while forming a collective voice against hate and abuse. The success of last year’s event saw a wide range of activities around the world taking place including brands, celebrities and influencers using their platforms to educate and empower, governments re-affirming their goals and responsibilities, Pope Francis launching a 24-hour special Stop Cyberbullying Day telecast of thought leaders and academics from Vatican City, and school children on every continent working together to show their commitment to a kinder more inclusive internet. For Stop Cyberbullying Day 2020, The Cybersmile Foundation, who are founders and coordinators of the event, are announcing a jam-packed event with a host of new and familiar faces all working together to inspire people of all ages to be kinder and more considerate online. This year’s…

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How to start a conversation with your child about their online activity

There will possibly come a time when your child will encounter some form of a bad situation online. It is best to start having meaningful and open conversations with them early on in their online journey than have to crisis-manage a hurt, bullied or flamed child online. Firstly, it is important to understand the terminology used by perpetrators and children online so that you can educate them or pick up where things are going wrong should they speak about it. The internet is full of resources to help you do this. Secondly, take note of a few things in their behavior that could highlight the fact that things are not as “okay” as they seem: Being secretive about who they are talking to online Using sexual language you wouldn’t expect them to know Communicating by means of a combination of emoji’s Switching their screens off when you approach How to…

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Fake News Reporting On Social Media

Fake News online is a term used to refer to fabricated and misleading news.  Basically – it is a lie someone creates online to distract people from the real news and truth.   When it comes to fake news, this is what is important to remember: the information is false, but it seems true.  Here are a few things to consider when trying to identify whether a post or article online is fake news:  Dive deeper:  Where is the source of the story  Do you recognise the website and is the website legit  Research the author – are they known to spread misinformation, disinformation or fake news  Read the entire article   A shocking headline which would be created to grab your attention Often in fake news the headline is all in CAPS and includes a bunch of exclamation marks and warning calls to action   Who else is reporting this news?  If it’s only one source, and contradictory to…

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