Category Archives for "Social Media"

Sep 29

Stop The Spread

Alert , Online Safety Tips , Social Media , Young People

The Commission strongly condemns sharing explicit content on social media platforms. Sharing such content without consent is sexual harassment.
We’ve witnessed the rise of reports of online abuse in recent months compared to our past two years and it is evident that intimate videos and images are widely shared on message platforms.

It’s important to know that you can stop it if it is shared with you simply by not continuing the cycle. By sharing such content you are actively enabling sexual abuse and harassment.

Don’t share it, report it using tools on the social media or messenger platform and then report the matter to the police immediately.

The OSC works intimately with law enforcement to bolster online safety. Programmes such as our Online Champions workshops have provided community leaders, university students and parents with the opportunity to talk about what someone is watching, playing or simply scrolling past on their digital devices.

While this is another example of how abusers can use technology perversely, we urge communities and online citizens to take a stand against sharing nonconsented images or video. Remember: report it, block it, do not share it

Jul 16

Fake news

Online Safety Tips , Social Media

We read about it, we share it, we talk about it, news is everywhere around us.

And technology helps us get the latest information right in the palm of our hands. But we have to remember that some information may not be true, accurate, or even real.

How can you tell the difference between real news and fake news?

Check out our top tips below for what to look for when looking for real or true information.

Jul 20

#Stopthespread of online bullying

Awareness , Online Safety Tips , Parents , Social Media , Young People

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.

Feb 09

Safer Internet Day 2021

Activity , Awareness , OSC News , 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