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Watch out for cyberbullying this school holidays

Symantec | June 1, 2016
With the upcoming school holidays, children will be spending more time on their devices and this may create more opportunities for cyberbullying to occur.

Tips to prevent children from becoming cyberbullies and promote positive online behaviour

  • Be a role model - Lead by example and practice good online behaviour. If parents limit the number hours that children can spend their time online, they should reduce their time spent online as well. Use this opportunity for some family bonding - develop a hobby or learn a new skill together! 
  • Have an open dialogue - Spend some time educating children regularly and creating awareness of issues such as sexting, cyberbullying, online predators and privacy will help children to understand the potential online dangers out there. Explain that while joking and teasing may seem harmless to them, it can be hurtful to another.  
  • Monitor and Correct. Be mindful of your children's online actions. Children may not be aware of the impact of certain words used and how it can affect others. Parents should therefore keep on a look out for their online activities and ensure that their children are not falling under "The Bully" clan.
  • Explore technology. While it is almost impossible for parents to monitor their children's online activities round the clock, there are parental control technologies that are available. There are tools that can help limit sites that children able to access or the type of information that they can share.

 

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