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99.4% of primary & secondary school children have access to the internet*

– Do you know how to keep your kids safe?

*Children’s Internet Use and Parents’ Perceptions of Their Children’s Online Experience.
A study commissioned by the MCA, April 2015.

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1 in 5 teens have been cyberbullied**

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**Vodafone Survey by YouGov among 4,720 13-18 year olds in 11 countries

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47.5 % of children in primary and secondary schools have lied about their age on social networking sites*

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*Children’s Internet Use and Parents’ Perceptions of Their Children’s
Online Experience. A Study Commissioned by the MCA, April 2015

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78% of children look to their parents for info on online safety.*

 – Are you ready to guide them?

*Children’s Internet Use and Parents’ Perceptions of Their Children’s Online Experience.
A study commissioned by the MCA, April 2015.

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85% of children in form 4 use
the internet daily*

– Do you know what they are up to online?

*Children’s Internet Use and Parents’ Perceptions of Their Children’s Online Experience.
A study commissioned by the MCA, April 2015.

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More than 50% of teens believe cyberbullying is worse than bullying offline**

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**Vodafone Survey by YouGov among 4,720 13-18 year olds in 11 countries

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43% believe that cyber bullying is a bigger problem than drug abuse**

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**Vodafone Survey by YouGov among 4,720 13-18 year olds in 11 countries

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Connecting in Cyberspace

“Are you a bot?” Something inside of me never ceases to wonder in amazement at what lies behind this question that often – too often – frames the opening salvo of a conversation with Kellimni.com*. Our teenagers want to connect. They loath what is false or artificial but desperately crave for connections that are real, significant and genuine: qualities that make a relationship deeply human. This need to connect drives them to reach out continuously, lest they end up alone. For nothing is as scary, or as hurtful, to the average teen as loneliness. Being left out is unbearable at an age when they are willing to do almost anything to be accepted by their peers and blend in. Enter Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram and Kik: instant gratification and connection are only two key clicks away. But hold on a second, how safe are they online? Who are they hanging out with in cyberspace? And, by the way, how in tune are caring adults with their world? Teenagers may have a rough time distinguishing the good guys from the bad in cyberspace. Superficiality does not impress them either, for it renders them cheap. They sometimes flirt with it but their sensitive nature often only tolerates it to an extent. And then they feel bad about themselves… Kellimni.com reaches out to all teens in these islands with a message rich in humanity: real people, professionally trained to support the young, through a genuinely caring relationship that begins, and ends, online…  a relationship where the young can feel free and remain anonymous if they wish, and where what they share is respected and... read more

I can never get that moment back

I remember a time when it was common to use siblings as messengers. This was nothing new to me. Some older girls at my school would quietly give me little notes, safely secured with sticky tape, to pass on to my brother. As soon as I hit my teenage years, I did the exact same thing and found someone else’s sibling to act as a messenger. Being in a conservative girls school, we would hide the letters in the sleeves of our cardigans in fear of the nuns finding out that we were sending letters to ‘boys’. It was all part of the excitement. I also remember sprinting to the phone, before anyone else in the family answered, just in case a ‘boyfriend’ called. Going out at the weekend meant that we didn’t know whether we would meet our crush. It was hard to forget the butterflies and the excitement that we felt if a person we fancied happened to be at the same venue. Like any teenager, I have no doubt that we acted foolishly and frivolously in the presence of a person that we liked. It was a different time and the passage of time is inevitable. The difference today is that, unlike my teenage years, most teenagers have an internet-enabled phone in their pocket. Our first flirtations may have ranged from a little note or a secret Valentine card. But without access to smartphones or the web, our romantic gestures, however embarrassing, were rarely seen by anyone else.  At most, the notes would be stored in a little shoebox. Unlike physical cards or photos, the Internet never forgets and, once... read more

Is social media too much for parents to handle?

My father used to say ‘children should be seen but not heard’. We grew up hearing this phrase in our family and I had no doubt he picked it up from his parents as my grandparents were of the same mindset. One look was enough for them to discipline us. That’s all it took. Times have changed and our views on parenting have also changed. The sooner our children talk the better. We are constantly comparing our children’s skills and abilities and equating it with intelligence. We have become slightly obsessed with our children and they way they look and how they act. We always think we know best. We seem to think we can determine everything from their friends, to their teachers to how they behave. The days of ‘your teacher is always right’ is rare if non-existent. For some reason we have developed an inherent belief that our children are flawless. We fear that their behaviour will be judged and we will be to blame. It often seems to me that we are always too quick to justify our children’s behaviour rather than disciplining them. My mother often justified her strict discipline by saying ‘you’ll thank me for this one day … one day you’ll have children of your own and you’ll understand me’. I never quite understood her until today when I often wished there was a handbook for raising children detailing steps one should take in each situation. The truth is there isn’t and many of us can only use our upbringing and instinct to guide us. A guide book will tell you how to... read more

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6 GOLDEN RULES

 

Appreciate your child’s technological knowledge.

Be aware of the benefits and dangers of technology.

Spend time with your child using the technology they use.

Explain safe/unsafe use of technology to your child.

Keep up to date with technology

Pay attention to age ratings when choosing activities for your child.