Tips to Protect Your Children from Online Scams and Bullies

The word “cyberbullies” is not only a fancy name for a kind of bully but it is also one of the fastest growing type of bullies around this generation. By the increase of the student’s exposure to social media and social networks, the internet has now become a danger zone for students,teens and children if they are not careful.

Bullying before was of a physical form, it is easy to apprehend the bully and make notice of the parents. The danger of cyberbullying is that the culprit can remain anonymous and continue, invading not only the victim’s personal space, but it may affect the relationships, learning and other factors of the victim.

The generation of today will have to embrace the internet, but here are some tips to prepare them from scams, bullies, and other threats.

1. Tell them that when online, they have to use not real names and photos when talking to random people online. Emails and passwords should be random and not-so-common to protect from hackers. “Report Spam” is a useful tool for emails to be filtered.

2. If encountering a bully, delete, block or even report the offender. The good thing about social networking sites is that it can block users or remove them if a user is reporting that they are offensive. Also they have “set to private” option for people who would like to connect with people they only know.

3. Take interest in talking about the activities your children does online. If you have one yourself, add them and make them feel you are not indifferent in technology. Your kids will love you and you will see what they are saying online.

Prevention is better than cure indeed. Internet scams and bullies will need prevention to protect the personal space of the users and their families as well.

Social Networks in Today’s Schools: Good or Distracting?

The internet undoubtedly has a great influence to whatever is happening to this generation, and education is not exempted. There are many ways for students to use the internet in relation to their learning progress. Assignments, research, projects, but none of that can match in terms of the time spent in social networking sites. But are they really a hindrance?

Most of the students might say no, but let’s face it, one of the most automatic things a student/or teen might do connecting online is not to read the science news or research the new trends in subjects, but to check if someone “tweeted” or “updated their status”. If bored, most spend time playing some Facebook games (which are really cool by the way), but can one consider social networks working against study habits and learning time online?

The answer should vary on the student. There are many smart students out there that use these social networks the right way or at the right time. It is like video games, can be a distraction while exams/project deadlines are coming up, but a hobby when school’s over.

Parents play a big role also in influencing their children with the use of such. As parents it is a responsibility to keep learning a priority and whatever they want to do in their free time the next.

Social networks is created for a specific reason, destroy boundaries and make friends connect anywhere in the world with such convenience. Learning institutions should consider it a friend in making learning more sociable, rather than a distraction.

Social interaction is one of the needs of us humans, be it offline or online. Social networks is one of the gifts of the internet that should be put to good use.