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2019 Cyber wellness Tips


Safer Internet Day 2019

Understanding consent in a digital world:

The theme for Safer Internet Day 2019 is consent. Click on the link below and download the SID2019 Parents and Carers Pack to looks at the topic of consent online, and the ways that we ask for, give and receive permission on the internet.

Fake news is easily created just by using this generator, anyone can do it in a matter of seconds. Be S.U.R.E. before you share a piece of news. 

Join Singapore's fight against Fake News.

 3 The web is full of information -- true, false, and everything in between. For your child, this makes the web a challenging place to find credible and reliable sources. So what's the best way to help your students use the web effectively as a fact-checking tool? Read on to find tips, resources, and practical advice.
 4 Public Wi-Fi

Do you and your child use public Wi-Fi a lot? There are risks involved when connecting to public Wi-Fi, so how do you stay safe on public Wi-Fi?
Read the article for tips on how you can stay safe while you surf the internet on public Wi-Fi.
 5 Social media of late has distanced people from one another and much-needed face-to-face human contact is on the decline. But we can also leverage it to help your child to be more kind and empathetic towards others!
Here’s a tipsheet for you to help your children to be discerning about online information. 

2018 Cyber wellness Tips

Information about Snapchat, one of the trending apps amongst our children.
The American Academy of Pediatrics provides tips for families to help their children grow up healthy in this digital age.
This parents resource portal from Ireland is full of updated digital advice for parents. For example, it has tips for parents about the potential risks of trending apps and how to set up privacy settings on these apps, such as ooVoo (which sets profiles to public by default, thus exposing kids to inappropriate content, predators, and trolling.) 
The European Network Against Bullying in Learning and Leisure Environments (ENABLE) has developed resource kits on cyber bullying for parents, teachers, and peer supporters . 
The Parents Pack helps parents to:
*Spot signs that their child may be involved in bullying
*Formulate action plans
*Help their child stay safe online & develop their social and emotional skills
Facebook hosts a portal with cyber safety tips for parents. It is also linked to parents portals from 15 other countries.
 American parents talk about the parental control apps they use to monitor their children's digital behaviour. Nonetheless, they agree that conversation should be the first line of defense. 
 7Common Sense Media alerts parents to the potential risks of some trending social video-chatting and live video-streaming apps amongst teens and tweens. 
 8 Kids were interviewed on what they thought of their parents posting photos of them online. 
 9 World Intellectual Property Day is observed internationally every 26 April. This article has tips for parents and teachers to help our children avoid illegal downloads and protect copyrights online.
 10 This article from MOE guides parents to watch out for D.I.S.T.R.E.S.S. signs and gives them S.P.A.C.E. tips to build resilience in our children. 
 11 What are parents most concerned about with regards to their children's Internet use? How can educators help parents to be better digital parents? Webwise 2017 Parenting Survey suggests some answers..
12  Last week was Screen-Free Week in the United States. Here is some research for parents, compiled by non-profit organisation Campaign for a Commerical-Free Childhood, on the effects of too much screen time on children.

13 The report points out that, although restricting child’s use of the internet has been shown to reduce the chances of them experiencing online risks, this can be counterproductive – restricted access also inhibits the development of the skills and resilience needed to handle such risks.

It is important to teach competencies for students to safe and responsible online.
 14 Advice for parents on how to mitigate the risks of location-based services and geo tagging app features. This article also provides a link to 2016 research on social media behaviour and attitudes of Australian children and youth. 

15    Parents, here's the truth about online predators. Talking to kids and teens about online predators gives them the tools they need to handle themselves in a web-based world.

How should parents protect kids against sexual predators? Be informed and involved, not afraid.
 16 Parents, take note:

A recent study has found that allowing children to view TV and video games from their bedrooms places them at greater risk for obesity and video game addiction. 

This study, published in the journal Developmental Psychology, also found that children with bedroom media watched programmes and played video games that were more violent, which increased their levels of physical aggression.


Parenting in the Digital Age

eSmart recommended online resource: iParent

Run by the Office of eSafety Commissioner, iParent provides a platform for parents to understand current cyber safety issues and stay up to date with trends. It is easy to read covers a range of topics including cyber bullying, unwanted contact and balancing online time. 
18 Setting online safety resolutions with your family

New Year is a great time to make some new resolutions. Here are some ideas of online safety resolutions you could make as a family in 2018.

Helping Kids Spot Fake News

Relatable videos about parenting challenges in a digital world. Learn more about kids and their media use, and find answers to many parenting questions.

Do you know that pornographic malware can be embedded in gaming apps targetted at kids? This is a reminder that one should always check the source before downloading apps. 20

20    Pornographic malware found in Android apps for Kids
Do you know that pornographic malware can be embedded in gaming apps targetted at kids? This is a reminder that one should always check the source before downloading apps.
21  Parents we need you to look out from our phones. Here’s why and how.

How can parents be more mindful about their own media use, to set a good example for their children? This article, written from a mindfulness perspective, has tips that we can consider sharing with parents, such as "Device in a basket until dinner is over".

What's the right age for parents to get their kids a cell phone?
What's the right age for parents to get their kids a cell phone? Get expert advice and tips from Common Sense Media editors

 What Parents Need to Know About Virtual Reality
Will "Virtual Reality" becomes the "Reality" just like the movie Ready Player One?" Common Sense Media shares some advices for parents on the possible effects VR can have on children and on the safe use of VR. For example, “Choose games wisely and Keep Privacy in  mind.

24     What should parents do if a stranger contacts their child online?" Common Sense Media shares a script for parents to start a conversation with their child to protect them from online predators.

25      What are some tips that we can share with students and parents about cyber bullying?
The article below shares tips for parents and student on cyber bullying, including advice for ending (or preventing) the cycle of aggression. 
You can use this article to get students to discuss the steps they can take when dealing with cyber bullying.

Cyber threats are on the rise in Singapore. Everyone is responsible to know how to protect yourself so that one is CyberSafe and CyberReady.