15 March 2024

Protecting your child from being bullied online

Nowadays, many children have access to the internet and are regularly online, for learning purposes, exploring the wealth of information available on the web, or connecting with friends and family. However, this digital growth also risks exposing children to cyberbullying. It is, therefore, important for parents and caregivers to understand what…, What is cyberbullying?, Cyberbullying is a form of bullying that occurs online using digital technologies, such as social media platforms, texts, or private messages. It involves harassing or embarrassing someone to intimidate or abuse them.  This form of bullying includes targeting a child using negative, harmful and, sometimes, false information. It can also include…, What are the different forms of cyberbullying? [1], Doxxing/Doxing: When a child’s personal information, is shared publicly to harass or intimidate them.  Harassment: Continuously sending abusive or threatening messages online. Outing: Publicly sharing sensitive information such as a child’s gender identity or sexual orientation without that child’s consent to humiliate or embarrass him or her.  …, Signs that your child might be experiencing cyberbullying, It is important that parents and caregivers recognise the signs of cyberbullying at the earliest stages. Some of the common signs that a child is being bullied online are that he/she is: hiding or refusing to share his/her online activity or experience. upset after using the internet or his/her mobile phone. spending longer time than usual online…, How can you support your child?, Do you feel that your child is being cyberbullied? If so, it is important to take immediate steps to support him or her to overcome this difficult situation. Make your child feel safe: Let your child know that he/she can express his/her feelings and concerns without any judgement or interruption. Encourage your child to talk about any issues he/…, Signs that your child might be bullying others online, Realizing that your child might be cyberbullying others can be difficult for parents or caregivers to accept. Remember, it’s not a reflection of your parenting skills. Just like being bullied, being a bully needs intervention and support. Ignoring the signs or denying the possibility will not make the problem disappear. Cyberbullying can have…
03 July 2023

5 ways to protect your young child online

Today’s children are growing up in an increasingly digital world. Whether it’s to learn, play games or watch their favourite show, more and more young children in the region are spending their time online. As a parent or caregiver, we know that your child’s safety is a top priority – in both the real world and online! With technology evolving…, 1. Be aware of potential online risks , The first step to protecting your family online is knowing about the potential risks your child may encounter online. Here are some risks to be aware of: Cyberbullying: Cyberbullying is when someone uses online spaces like social media, messaging and gaming platforms to repeatedly humiliate, anger or shame someone else. Online bullying can…, 2. Set up safeguards to protect your child’s digital experience , It’s a good idea to become familiar with your and your child’s devices. This includes the device’s inbuilt privacy and security settings. When in doubt, ask for help from an Information Technology (IT) expert. It could be your relative, the store you bought the device from, your internet service provider or an IT security expert you may know of.…, 3. Supervise and spend time with your child online, Screen time shouldn’t mean alone time, especially for young children. Watch your young child while they’re using your phone, tablet or computer. Consider setting rules like ‘no devices in the bedroom’ so you can easily keep an eye on what they are doing online. Make spending time online together a part of your family routine. Play games together…, 4. Foster open conversations, Open, honest and direct communication with your child is important. Encourage them to regularly talk about their online experiences with you. Actively listen to what they are saying without letting your thoughts or judgement guide the conversation.   Talk with your child about online safety Use simple and basic language to explain some of the bad…, 5. Teach them to be kind online, It’s never too early to teach your child about treating others with kindness, including online. Encourage them to be mindful about what they do and say online. Explain that they leave a digital footprint - a permanent trail of information - when they use the internet. This can include the pictures they post and the comments they make. For instance…, BONUS - Useful online learning tools for children​​​​, Code.org coding activities for all ages  Interland: Be Internet Awesome Meena Game Meena Game 2 *The photos used in this article feature actors.