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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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Identity Theft

Identity theft is one of the fastest developing type crimes in the world: specialists believe that a person’s identity is stolen every 2 seconds around the world. Identity theft occurs when a thief gains access to the personal information of a person online such as their credit card information, passwords, medical insurance numbers, ID number/cards. The thief uses this information for their own economic gain. As indicated by TransUnion, South Africa’s biggest credit authority, since identity theft is not easily detectable like other types of crimes, it can go unidentified for a considerable a long time, even years while victims have huge debts build-up under their names. Something that is not often spoken about is the identity theft of children. Because children have clean credit records, criminals take advantage of this by using children’s identities to carry on their malicious acts. That is why we advise parents to stop oversharing…

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