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Category Archives for "Awareness"

Dec 10

Safer Internet Day 2021

Awareness , Social Media

Safer Internet Day is celebrated around the world to spark intentional conversation around being safe online. This event started in the UK in 2004 and continues to grow as technology expands to our everyday lives. And next year we bring it closer to home with #fijiforsaferinternet.

2020 continues to remind us that the internet is here to stay. And Fiji is no different, individuals across the islands communicate with family and friends through online apps and the internet daily, we share photos, make and edit videos, and even search for some of the best entertainment on our mobile devices.

Safer Internet Day is a call to nations, businesses, NGOs, CSOs, and individuals to create a better and safer internet for all of us by being proactive and learning about the ways we can be responsible digital citizens today.

Join the conversation today and let us know how you are helping make the internet a safer place!

#fijiforsaferinternet #saferinternetdayfiji #fijisid21

Nov 09

Scam Alert: Phishing Emails

Awareness , Tech

What is Phishing?

Phishing is a type of online attack that tries to retrieve your financial or confidential information. Usually one through email, text message, or online messages.

How does it work?

An email or message is sent to you from what looks like a bank or financial institution or even a stranger. And it will usually ask you to click on a link and enter your personal details.

It is important that you do not click onto any of the links on the email or message.

The point of a phishing attack is to gain access to your financial or confidential information.

How can I protect myself?

Vigilance is key, here are some ways to be safe and secure:

  1. Do not click on any link(s) in any email, text message, or direct message that requests you to do something to get something;
  2. Do not respond, mark it as spam and delete the content right away;
  3. Call your bank to double check your accounts; and
  4. Change your password(s) frequently and activate a two-step authentication option if available and not already done.

If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact us or your nearest police post.

Jul 20

#Stopthespread of online bullying

Awareness , Social Media

Online bullying has some of the most devastating effects on children and teens around the globe:

  • only 38% of children admit to their parents/guardians that they have been bullied online;
  • 33% of teens say they have sent explicit photos to someone else;
  • more than 60% of children that have been harassed online have mental health issues; and
  • more than 60% of female victims feel powerless because of online bullying

On a global level we see how such online abuse effects children of all ages. Across the central division in Fiji many students have also indicate experiencing online bullying at least once this year.

Children may not want to tell you if they are being bullied but here are some signs to look out for:

  • Rapid increase or decrease in weight;
  • Severe mood swings;
  • Losing interesting in being around family and friends;
  • Not wanting to go online anymore;

These changes are often subtle but vigilance is key. And having open dialogue about online safety and responsibility with your child is important.

What can I do to help?

Remember to remain calm and have an open conversation with your child. Let them know that they are not alone. Set up screen time and allow them to only use the devices in a common area such as the living room.

Fijians value community and we can express this same value in our online communities. Social media apps like Facebook give us an opportunity to build virtually any community we like. And this starts at home, stop the spread of online bullying by talking to your children today.

Apr 02

Be Safe Online During Covid-19

Awareness , Social Media

Be Safe Online During Covid-19

Now more than ever, most of us are staying connected online as a result of physical distancing from family, friends, colleagues and networks.

While the internet is a great way to keep in touch with family and friends, work from home, explore new online hobbies, or be entertained; it also has some risks.

Here are some tips for being safe online during covid-19:

  1. Be aware of who you are interacting with online;
  2. Maintain strong passwords and consider changing your password if you haven’t done so in the past three months;
  3. Stay alert for scams that may arise;
  4. Monitor your screen time so that you can also share quality time with those in your home; and
  5. Remember to verify any news about the virus, curfew hours or allowed activities during the lock down period with other notable sources such as WHO and the Ministry of Health.

In the meantime, remember to wash your hands thoroughly, stay at home and stay physically distanced.

Oct 10

World Mental Health Day 2019

Awareness

It’s World Mental Health Day today! And it is also Fiji day which makes this is a great opportunity for you to check in on your family members.

October 10th is not just any regular day for Fiji and this year we celebrate our 49th year of independence.

We also take a moment to commemorate the importance of mental health. You can use the hashtag #LetsTalk to be a part of a global dialogue today. The theme of the day is “suicide prevention”. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that every 40 seconds, someone completes suicide. The organisation also said “…many children and young people engage in this kind of behavior as a result of violence, sexual abuse, bullying and cyberbullying.”

Last year a new study in the United Kingdom found that online bullying makes young people more than twice as likely to self harm or attempt suicide. According to Lifeline Fiji it is estimated that every 36 hours a Fijian attempts suicide.

These are stark realities show that online abuse has a far reach into our own personal worlds. Let us stand together this Fiji Day for the wellbeing of our mental health. One of the easiest ways to do that is to be safe and responsible when using online platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and TikTok.

Simple acts like limiting your social media time or eating well can all help to improve your mental health. During this Fiji Day celebration, join the conversation with your family and friends and #LetsTalk.

Sep 27

FNU Online Safety Awareness

Awareness , Social Media

Recently, the Fiji National University (FNU)  and the Commission organized an awareness campaign around the country for online safety. Last month, the Commission took part in the campaign by speaking to students at different campuses about the Online Safety Commission.

The Commission visited FNU campuses in the central, western and eastern divisions. During the visitation students had the opportunity to discuss their concerns regarding online safety, learn more about the Commission and develop ideas around maintaining safe online behaviors among their peers.

The space provided students, staff and the OSC a change to engage in dialogue on different online trends they noticed on their campus. This included what some considered a rise in online bullying, the need for greater awareness on how to be safe online, developing context definitions of online abuse, positive use of online platforms.

The awareness program brought clarity to the role of the Commission and developed insight into how students from one of Fiji’s leading universities relate to online safety.

Jul 03

IDADAIT 2019

Awareness , Social Media

IDADAIT is the International Day Against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficking. It is usually marked on the 26th of June as a day to bring awareness to such abuse. One of the ways Fiji participates in this global awareness is through the Substance Abuse Advisory Council of Fiji (SAAC) through the Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts.

In recent years, SAAC has expanded the scope of its week long program to include social topics such as domestic violence, healthy lifestyles, and internet safety.

This year, the Commission partnered with SAAC to raise awareness for online safety. The theme for IDADAIT 2019 was “Healthy child, Proactive family, Safer school, Better Fiji”. There was a program developed for schools to participate in each day of the week to address the different social topics. The program included assigning Thursday as the day for “Internet and Social Media Awareness”.

On the assigned day, the Commission and various stakeholders went to high schools around the central division to share insight on different ways students can be safe online. This included giving short speeches, making presentations and having one on one conversations with students and teachers.

The awareness program provided a space for the Commission to engage with students, talk about online safety and promote proactive steps towards creating a safer online community for all Fijians.

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