Parents have a tough time guarding their children against cyber predators and battling against the irresistible calling of gaming addition. This is on top of our ongoing efforts to fend off online safety issues such as cyber bullying and information security breaches.
Guarding our personal space is tougher in spite of the infinite amount of space in the cyber world. There has been much discussion recently about cyber bullying and how our usage of the internet is influencing our social interactions.
Dr. Carol Balhetchet, senior director of the Singapore Children Society, reports that she is seeing more internet-related cases among children. She urges parents to be “more involved in guiding and advising their children on Internet usage.”
To promote a safer online experience for kids, the Media Literacy Council, comprising of academics, bloggers, think-tankers social workers, teachers and parents was formed to advise the Media Development Authority on cyber wellness and other Internet issues.
The Council has produced a guidebook and YouTube videos to offer digital parenting tips to help them guide their children in the digital world.
Check out this video by Media Literacy Council which offers tips on how parents can help monitor their children’s digital usage and how to guide our children to safely and effectively navigate through the cyber world.
Read more about the irresistible pull into the gaming world and what strategies parents can apply to prevent or minimize cyber abuse or bullying in the virtual world.
Safer Internet Day took place on 11 February this year. In line with the global theme of “Let’s create a better internet together”, the Council launched a campaign to encourage Singaporeans to pledge what we can do to make a better internet. For a start, every one of us has the power to make the internet a better place just by adopting 4 simple values: Responsibility, Empathy, Integrity and Respect.
You have the power to create a better internet. Take the PLEDGE and SHARE with your friends. You will also get a chance to STAR in their campaign video – check out www.betterinternet.sg for more details.
Till our next post, love yourself, love one another.
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