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Mobiles Bullying - Tips and advice for kids & Pare

Mobiles Bullying :
Tips for Kids

Where would you be without your mobile?

It's a great way to stay in touch with friends through texting and social networking and find out a whole lot of stuff on the net. But cyberbullies can abuse mobile technology. This can be illegal and involve the police.

Tips on protecting yourself from cyberbullies:

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Only give your number and details to trusted friends. Keep your PIN and passwords secret.
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Use privacy settings on social networks.
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If you are cyberbullied, don't respond. Stay calm, save offensive messages and unfriend them.
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Get help! Talk to your parents, a trusted adult or older brother or sister. Download the Cybersafety Help Button from cybersmart.gov.au

Mobiles and bullying - advice for kids.

Mobile phones are a great way to stay in touch with friends and know what’s going on. They enable you to text, web browse, email, video, chat, social network and play games.
However, bullies can abuse and misuse mobiles to cyberbully others. Cyberbullying is totally unacceptable. It can also be illegal.
Cyberbullying can be distressing for you, your family and friends. It involves behaviours such as: calling others names, spreading rumours, pretending to be someone else (also called identity theft) and saying nasty and hurtful things. It can also involve threats and intimidation.
Don’t get involved in cyberbullying. Some people think they can get away with doing and saying things on their mobiles in the digital world that they would not do face-to-face. You are not anonymous. Your comments on blogs and social networks, pictures sent by text and video uploads all leave a digital footprint. Just as it's important to be a good citizen in real life, it's also important to be a good digital citizen and you may want to read the ACMA's Digital Citizens Guide.
If you are a victim of cyberbullying it’s important to remember that it’s not your fault, you are not alone and there is something you can do about it. Don’t face it alone – you need to talk to someone you can trust.
1.Protect yourself
*.Only give your number and details to trusted friends and don’t give someone else’s number without their permission.
*.Use caller ID blocking to hide your number when you call someone.
*.Keep your PIN and password secret. Your mobile holds a lot of private information. Protect it by using the security PIN for the handset, SIM and voice messages (See Lost & Stolen Tips).
*.Use privacy settings offered by social networks, friend only people you know
*.Think before you send a text or make a call. Don’t send anything that you would not want your parents or teachers to see. Don’t forward offensive material you receive about someone else because that could make you a cyberbully.
*.Sharing sexual or naked images, videos or text messages or “sexting” is stupid. You’re vulnerable if it falls into the wrong hands. Also, it could be child pornography if the images are of anyone under 18 and the police might have to get involved.
2.What to do if you receive unwanted messages or calls
*.Ignore the cyberbully. Don’t respond. Stay calm. They want to upset you and if they get no response they may get bored and go away.
*.Save the offensive texts, emails or voice messages. The time, date and offensive content can be used to investigate the cyberbully and take action to ensure they don’t do it again.
*.You can also unfriend the cyberbully, or change your privacy settings to ensure they don’t have access to your account or information you put online.
*.Your phone company can help deal with unwanted or nuisance phone calls.
3.You are not alone. Get help from a trusted adult, such as a parent or teacher.

Mobiles and Bullying - Tips for Parents

Your children might know more about mobiles than you, but there’s a lot you can do to help them avoid cyberbullying and use their mobiles safely and responsibly.
Tips for parents:
*.Your parental skills still applyin the digital world despite you not knowing as much about mobiles as your children.
*.Take an active interestin cybersafety for your children by setting rules and developing their cybersafety skills.
*.Use built-in privacy toolsthat can set social networking pages or blogs to “private” allowing only those who are invited to see it.
*.If your child is cyberbulliedtalk to friends, family and parents of your children’s friends to see how they help their children in the digital world. Check websites for advice, including www.cybersmart. gov.au
*.Advise children not to respond to cyberbullying. Save offensive texts, emails or voice messages because they can be used to investigate.
*.Cyberbullying is about relationships not technology. It’s crucial to communicate with your child. Stay calm and reassure them they’ve done the right thing telling you when they’ve been the victim. Don’t threaten to take away their mobile because it’s the way they connect.

Mobiles and Bullying - more advice for parents

Mobiles and tablets are defining how young people communicate, the social networks they interact with, how they access information and learn at school as mobile technology becomes part of the curriculum. These devices help parents stay in touch with their children and assist families to balance their busy lives.
Like all technology, mobile telecommunications can be misused. While the positive aspects of mobile phones far outweigh any negatives, parents in assisting their children to be smart, safe and responsible users of mobile technology.
Although there can be a “digital divide” between parents and their children, it is important for parents to realise that the normal rules of parenting still apply.
What is cyberbullying?
Studies find that 10-15% of Australian children have been cyberbullied through mobile phones, social networking sites and instant online messaging. Bullying, unfortunately, has been with us a long time. What makes cyberbulling different is that the speed and the 24/7digital world means children can be bullied anywhere at any time.
Cyberbullies misuse and abuse mobile phones to intimidate, harass, humiliate and frighten victims. Cyberbullying can take a number of forms:
*.Flaming – a disagreement between two people spreads flame-like to other people.
*.Harassment – sending hurtful text messages, emails, MMS or posting hurtful messages or embarrassing photos on social networking sites to torment, humiliate or intimidate.
*.Denigration – putting someone down to make others think less of them.
*.Impersonation – pretending to be another person online and tricking people to tell you things that they otherwise would not if they knew your true identity, or behaving unacceptably so the person you’re impersonating gets the blame.
*.Outing and trickery – tricking people to believe that you are someone else.
*.Exclusion – not allowing someone to participate in an online group.
*.Cyber-stalking – tracking someone through cyberspace to different sites and posting where they post.
These activities can leave young people experiencing:
*.Mood changes such as: Anger, embarrassment and fear
*.Reluctance to go to school
*.Poor performance at school
*.Loss of confidence and self-esteem; avoiding socialising with friends
*.Revenge cyberbullying
*.In extreme circumstances it can lead to self-harm or attempted suicide
How you can help?
Be proactive:
There may be a technology gap between what your child knows about mobiles and how much you know. However, remember you don’t have to be a tech expert to help your child remain safe from cyberbullying.
You can offer life skills, maturity and experience to your child when they need help. Right and wrong are the same in the online world as in the real world and it takes a combination of social and technical skills to tackle cyberbullying. You can help.
Take responsibility by setting rules and developing children’s cyber-safety skills. Help children have a positive experience by setting rules for the sorts of materials children can share online, about the content they can access and the social network sites they are allowed to join.
Try and understand the sites and technology your children use and know who they are talking to. Ask them to show you how to use services available on mobiles. Be an engaged parent with your children’s mobile technology use.
Communication is the key:
If your child tells you they have been cyberbullied or you suspect something is wrong because of signs of stress, you should offer them emotional and practical advice.
It is crucial tocommunicatewith your child and encourage them to discuss the incident with you. Cyberbullying is about relationships not technology. It’s important to stay calm to deal rationally and effectively with the problem and reassure them they have done the right thing in telling you. It could make matters worse if you threaten to take away their mobile phone because of their attachment to it and its importance in their lives.
Children who have been cyberbullied often feel embarrassed, humiliated, fear their plight will be trivialised and they will be made to feel guilty by adults. You need to stress it’s not their fault.
You need to work with your child to develop strategies to deal with cyberbullying.
1. Your child needs to protect themselves
*.Only give their number and details to trusted friends and don’t give someone else’s number without their permission.
*.Use caller ID blocking to hide their number when they call someone.
*.Think before they send a text, post a photo or make a call. Don’t send anything that they would not want their parents or teachers to see. Don’t post or forward offensive material they receive about someone else because that could make them a cyberbully.
*.Mobiles hold a lot of private information. Protect it by using the security PIN for the handset, SIM and voice messages (See Lost & Stolen Tips).
*.Sharing sexual or naked images, videos or text messages or “sexting” is stupid. They’re vulnerable if it falls into the wrong hands. Also, it could be child pornography if the images are of anyone under 18 and the police may get ...
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