Online safety for your kids

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Internet use in Malaysia has drastically increased in the past decade thanks to the popularity of social media sites such as Facebook.

Currently, Malaysia is ranked as 7th in Asia due to its more than 9 million online users. According to a survey conducted in 2011 by analytics and information provider Nielsen, Malaysians spend at least 20 hours on the internet per week.

Meanwhile, Malaysian children spend 19 hours per week online according to the 2010 Norton Online Family Report which interviewed more than 400 adults and 110 kids aged 10 to 17 years old. The report also reveals that 9 out of 10 Malaysian kids have had a negative experience online.

If your kid is spending a lot of time online, your child increases his/her risk of being a possible victim of online danger.

The report states that 87% of children have had negative online experiences a few of which include downloading a virus, nudity, being bullied, addiction, being approached by strangers online.

 

Keep your children safe

Fortunately, it is easy to keep your child safe online. Unfortunately, few parents know their kid’s online usage.

The Malaysian government has therefore taken the steps necessary to curb any online threats. One such example is the government’s partnership with CyberSecurity Malaysia, DIGI Telecommunications and Childline Malaysia to present a campaign with the objective of raising everyone’s awareness of online child safety.

The campaign referred to as DiGi CyberSAFE Programme are education workshops done in communities and schools. Its objective is to communicate with more than 5,000 kids and equip teachers and parents with the proper tools to make the world wide web a safe place.

The following are suggestions to help you promote this advocacy:

Go public

Set the computer in a high-traffic area within the family home. The screen must be in easy view of everyone. Doing so allows you to easily monitor your kid’s computer use.

Be involved

There are numerous software you can purchase to halt access to improper websites, these include AVG Family Safety as well as McAfee Family Protection. Ensure that parental filters and privacy settings are on your PC.

Educate

Do explain to your children any rules you impose with regards to their online activity. Do not simply enforce these regulations. Also, tell your child the dangers of spending too much online. Sharing too many personal info on various social networking sites could be dangerous. The more they know the risks, the better they will be able to prepare themselves against being a potential victim.

Be kind

Always support your kid’s online activities so he or she will know that you are open to any questions about internet threats, online strangers and cyber-bullying.

 

Source: Internet Safety For Your Child

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