Tag Archives: Online Safety

Holidays and the Internet

Summer school holidays in South African are upon us and this means extended leisure time for all school learners. During school holidays, some children are left home alone while parents are out working. In these instances, it becomes very hard for parents to keep an eye on their children; the amount of time they spend in front of television, and/or time spent on their mobile phones and computers.  As much as the internet can be very informative and entertaining, it can also be very harmful, especially to children. Nowadays, children face extreme pressure to be online and with many children being victims of cyberbullying, naturally parents want to try and protect them as much as possible. Cyberbullying can be detrimental to a child’s emotional and mental health. Most children go from being very social individuals to having withdrawal symptoms from their family and friends. If you are a working parent,…

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Being the target of online abuse is not easy. If someone you know is being affected by online abuse, here are some ways that might help, or make the situation easier for them – Twitter Try to understand Just because the abuse is happening online, doesn’t make it any less real. If a friend or loved one seeks your help with an abusive online situation, listen to what they have to say and take their situation seriously.  Encourage them to get help While it’s important to be there for them, encourage them to get professional help, whether it be a counselor, therapist, lawyer, law enforcement, or other trusted individual. If you know the individual online-only, suggest they seek people offline they can talk with.  Don’t be a bystander If you see someone being abused online, don’t look the other way. While it can be tempting to retaliate against the abuser…

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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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