SAPS urge parents to become internet savy

Be more internet savy

The internet can be a dangerous place and social media websites are no exception.

The SAPS believe every parent should be aware of some important internet and social media safety tips that could protect their children from potential harm.

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There are several things you, as a parent, can do to make sure your children can participate safely – they are:

• Learn about the internet and various social media platforms, because knowledge is power.

Stay informed and up-to-date with the latest internet crazes and social media applications that children make use of.

• Insist on knowing your child’s passwords and learn the common acronyms children use online and in text messages.

Some acronyms include:

GNOC – Get naked on camera.

TDTM – Talk dirty to me.

NIFOC – Naked in front of computer.

PAW – Parents are watching.

PIR – Parent in room.

POS – Parent over shoulder.

CD9/Code 9 – Parent/Adult around.

ASL – Age, sex, location.

(L)MIRL – (Let us) meet in real life.

MOS – Mom over shoulder.

P911 – Parent emergency.

PRON – Porn.

S2R – Send to receive (pictures).

FYEO – For your eyes only.

• Get involved.

Spend time online with your child, whether at home, at the library or at a computer centre in your community.

Your involvement in your child’s life, including his or her online life, is the best insurance you can have for your child’s safety.

• Move your child’s computer into a family room or a frequently visited room.

Police advise that your child should rather use a shared family computer as this tends to limit the visiting of potentially dangerous chat rooms and social networking websites, as most teens prefer to view these sites in private.

If you must, limit your child’s use of the computer to certain times, such as when you are home or in the room.

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• Talk to your child about the dangers of the internet.

Let them know that it is possible to meet potential predators online, especially with the use of private chat rooms or social networking websites.

Let them know that if they are harassed, whether it be by someone they know or do not know, they must contact you immediately.

You may, in turn, want to contact the proper authorities.

• Consider the use of a parental control tool.

 

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