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We need to impress on our children that the values we learn at home are tools that they can use positively online. Respect, honesty, courage, empathy are just some of these values.
Be safe online, there's so many different things that can happen.
You wouldn't allow a stranger to stay in your house, then why allow strangers to stay on your account.
What you don't send, cannot be used against you. Image based abuse has the power to scar the soul. A single word; 'No' can help you protect yourself against experiencing image based abuse in the future.
My top tips for parents and guardians:
1. Limit online gaming to certain days and times.
2. Enforce rules with parental control software.
3. Make sure games have been rated to the appropriate level by the entertainment professional authorities.
(Regarding image based abuse)
Just because things didn't work out between and your better half, doesn't give them the right to violate you or have your image tarnished and passed around in the cyber community. Speak up, go to the relevant authorities.
Take the time to have a conversation about online safety with children and teenagers in your family and community.
I like to think of social media as a big buffet table where we can all contribute and also share in the goodness, positivity, opportunities, unity and much more. However, it is unfortunate that on this buffet table there is also rudeness, anxiety, hate, fear and misunderstanding. The sad reality is that when we engage more with the negativity, it has crippling effects to our families and the communities we are a part of. If you're reading this, take a moment to reflect on this question, when I share, am I sharing a message of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, or gentleness?
I think you have an opportunity to change your world today and you can start right now by changing your message to your area of influence.
Stay safe online and offline everyone.
If someone has used your image without your permission, it is not your fault.
You have rights, educate yourself on your rights and what actions you can take.
Don't let this act of crime prevent you from reaching your goals.
Seek help from people who understand. You don't have to go through this alone.
Social media has made our world a smaller one as most people tend to spend more time interacting online rather than face to face. This has opened a platform for unwanted interactions including image based abuse which is quite a concern. From politicians, those in the LGBTQ community, to school girls; nobody is exempted from this vicious act which can cause serious mental health issues as it seems that nothing can be done about it. However, I learned last week that with a notice of removal from the OSC in most serious cases, the images can be taken down and victims can have their dignity restored.
It's important to spot the difference between a fake account and a real account.
Stop the spread of online bullying, share information, speak up.
While the internet is a powerful tool that can be used to connect like minded people and communities, it is also often used as a platform to harass and abuse people within the sanctuary of their own homes. Please treat people with respect and do not discriminate based on race, gender, sex, background or identity. Stop bullying online.
Top Tips From Our Champions
Many countries around the world continue to face the ramifications of the coronavirus pandemic that began around this same time last year. While its impact did not come into full effect until earlier this year, the shift it made for everyone to explore the internet and online platforms are clearly apparent. Businesses, schools, and even personal activities were communicated online more than any other time in our history. With connectivity around Fiji continuing to grow, the demand for online users to be safe and vigilant also grows. We urge you to be safe when interacting online. Be cautious about engaging with individuals that you may not know offline. Make sure to double check news about the virus with notable resources such as the World Health Organization. And report online abuse because a safer online journey begins with you.
Interpol's 2019 international child sexual exploitation database recorded more than 3,800 identified victims and more than 10,000 identified offenders. What does this mean for Fijians? It means that we must work together to protect our children from these online exploits. With the evolving trend of simply giving our mobile devices to our children and teenagers and continuing with our daily work, the deceptive yet subtle implications of the online world can lead to drastic and lasting effects While the covid-19 pandemic gives a rise to children accessing online platforms for education, entertainment and much more. We encourage parents to take heed of parental safety tips that can help protect our children online. Educators are also urged to familiarise themselves with their duties as frontline workers in continuing to shape the minds of our future.
Intimate images, explicit content, and other abusive digital communication are surfacing all across the internet in Fiji. While this is not new, it is vital for you, your family and your communities to be vigilant online. If you receive a image or video that was not intended for you, do not share it, do not forward it to someone else, delete it and report the content if you can. Let the person who sent it to you know that it is not appropriate. Start conversations in your home and communities around responsible online behaviour such as not accepting friend requests of online profile that you are not sure about or have never met offline. Being safe online is a collective effort that requires, parents, guardians, institutions and businesses to be socially responsible for how we engage on the internet.
Kicking off our recent partnership with Australia's Office of the Esafety Commission, check out the first Commissioner to Commissioner conversation of online safety in the region...(continue)
In efforts to promote online safety, the Commission works to raise digital literacy and empowering Fijians to use the internet and online platforms safely and responsibly through community awareness programs, secondary school and university online safety sessions, and collaborating with stakeholders.
That if you are on social media platforms and you come across content you don't think should be online, you can protect your online space by reporting the post, comment, tweet, picture or video directly on the platform! Check out these links below to learn more about how you can protect your digital space today!