Category Archives: Teens

The 5 Faces Of Cyberbullying

In a recent study conducted by Ipsos Global, results showed that about 80% of South Africans are aware of cyberbullying and almost 3-quarters of South Africans believe that the anti-bullying tactics that are in place are not enough to combat cyberbullying. The sad truth is that no matter how hard parents try to control their children’s devices, there are always loopholes that make it almost impossible for them to do so. We believe that parents need to educate themselves and their children continuously to help protect against cyberbullying. Listed below are the ‘5 faces of cyberbullying’. These are the most common forms of cyberbullying acts we identify in South African schools during our training workshops. Being able to identify cyberbullying is the first step parents need to take to help educate themselves and their children: The use of false images, videos and messages to hurt or threaten someone else. Sometimes…

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Instagram partnered with Social Media and Education Expert Ana Homayoun, M.A., P.P.S., author of Social Media Wellness, to create a set of 10 questions Parents (and Educators) can use to guide a conversation with Teens about Instagram. Their intention is that these questions are used to learn more about how Teens are using Instagram, and to ensure they’re using the app in a positive way: What do you like about Instagram? What do you wish I knew about Instagram? How do likes and comments affect how you feel about a post? What are the top five Instagram accounts that you enjoy following? What are some things you think about before you post something on Instagram? If you have multiple Instagram accounts, what do you share in each account? Do you know your followers? (If your teen has a private account, ask them how they decide who follows them.) What do…

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WhatsApp has a dedicated safety portal and provides regular updates on its Terms of Service and new App Features. Below are some of their safety tips for Parents, Educators and Users alike: Terms of Service One way we help you stay safe on WhatsApp is through our Terms of Service. Our Terms of Service set forth the activities on WhatsApp that are prohibited. For instance, submitting content (in the status, profile photos or messages) that’s illegal, obscene, defamatory, threatening, intimidating, harassing, hateful, racially, or ethnically offensive, or instigates or encourages conduct that would be illegal, or otherwise inappropriate violates our Terms of Service. We’ll ban a user if we believe that user is violating our Terms of Service. For more information about examples of activities that violate our Terms of Service, please review the “Acceptable Use of Our Services” section of our Terms of Service. On WhatsApp, we’ve created some basic…

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