Social media is a term for the online platforms that people use to connect with others, share media content, and form social networks. E.g. Facebook, Twitter, What’s App and Instagram. Social media is part of the daily lives of young people as it has many benefits but also some risks. Below are tips to keep in mind when using social media.
* Be careful what you put on social media. Once it is out there you cannot take it back.
* Never accept invites or friend request from people the child doesn’t know.
* Do not clicking on pop-ups. Some pop-ups that seem safe can lead to pornography sites or ask for personal or financial information.
* Report any strange activities noticed online to a trusted Adult.
Cyberbullying is a form of bullying or harassment using electronic means – it is also known as cyber harassment or online bullying.
It has become increasingly common, especially among children and teenagers. Harmful bullying behaviour can include posting rumours, threats, sexual remarks, personal information, or derogatory labels (i.e. hate speech).
There are various forms of cyber bullying:
* Exclusion – is when a child is excluded from online activities.
* Harassment – is when abusive or threatening messages are intentionally sent to a child.
* Outing – is the public embarrassment of a child through online posting of private information without consent.
* Cyberstalking – is when attackers harass victims through online communication mediums such as emails or social media.
* Fraping – is when an individual logs into a child’s social media account and impersonates them by posting inappropriate content.
* Dissing – is sending or posting damaging information about a child online to tarnish their reputation.
* Trickery – is the act of gaining the child’s confidence so they reveal private information online without the child’s consent.
* Trolling – is the deliberate act of provoking a response through the use of insults on social media.
* Catfishing – is stealing a child’s online identity to recreate an online profile for deceptive purposes.
Please monitor your children closely to ensure they are not being bullied.