Information and communication technology has become an integral part of teenagers day-to-day life. It has just transformed the way we communicate, make friends, share updates, play games, and do shopping and so on.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Teens
  • What is cyberbullying?
    Cyberbullying is bullying or harassment that happens online to Kids and Teens. It can happen in an email, a text message, an online game, or comments on a social networking site. It might involve rumors or images posted on someone’s profile or passed around for others to see, or creating a group or page to make a person feel left out.
  • What's child grooming?

    Child grooming  (a.k.a. enticement of children or solicitation of children for sexual purposes) "can be described as a practice by means of which an adult 'befriends' a child (often online, but offline grooming also exists and should not be neglected) with the intention of sexually abusing her/him".

  • What's cyberstalking?

    Cyberstalking  involves the use of information and communications technology (ICT) to perpetrate more than one incident intended to repeatedly harass, annoy, attack, threaten, frighten, and/or verbally abuse individuals.

    Perpetrators can engage in cyberstalking directly by emailing, instant messaging, calling, texting, or utilizing other forms of electronic communications to communicate obscene, vulgar, and/or defamatory comments and/or threats to the victim and/or the victim's family, partner, and friends, and use technologies to monitor, survey and follow the victim's movements.

    Perpetrators can also engage in cyberstalking indirectly by causing damage to the victim's digital device (by, for example, infecting the victim's computer with malware and using this malware to surreptitiously monitor the victim and/or steal information about the victim) or by posting false, malicious, and offensive information about the victim online or setting up a fake account in the victim's name to post material online (social media, chat rooms, discussion forums, websites, etc.).

  • What are the signs parents should look out for?

    There are several signs to be aware of (although a lot of them are quite common among teens). Generally, parents should look out for increased instances of:

    • Being secretive about who they’ve been talking to online and what sites they visit.
    • A move from expressing moderate views to following more extreme views.
    • A sudden conviction that their religion, culture, or beliefs are under threat and treated unjustly.
    • A conviction that the only solution to this threat is violence or war.
    • Lack of feeling of belonging or a desperate need to find acceptance within a group.
    • Displaying intolerant views to people of other races, religions, or political beliefs.
  • What signs are different from other types of grooming?
    The signs are similar to other types of grooming but what’s slightly different is the script talking. Within other types of grooming, it is less likely to see the same sense of political judgment or entitlement, the same anger or resentment towards a particular group. That’s fairly unique to radicalization.
  • Why could social networking be a concern?
    • Your child may actively search for content that is considered radical, or they could be persuaded to do so by others. Social media sites, like Facebook, Ask FM, and Twitter, can be used by extremists looking to identify, target, and contact young people. It’s easy to pretend to be someone else on the internet, so children can sometimes end up having conversations with people whose real identities they may not know, and who may encourage them to embrace extreme views and beliefs.
    • Often children will be asked to continue discussions, not via mainstream social media, but via platforms, such as Omegle. Moving the conversation to less mainstream platforms can give users a greater degree of anonymity and can be less easy to monitor.
    • People who encourage young people to do this are not always strangers. In many situations, they may already have met them, through their family or social activities, and then use the internet to build rapport with them. Sometimes children don’t realize that their beliefs have been shaped by others, and think that the person is their friend, mentor, boyfriend, or girlfriend and has their best interests at heart.
  • What is Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)?

    Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) helps parents protect their children’s privacy by giving them specific rights. COPPA requires websites to get parental consent before collecting or sharing information from children under 13. The law covers sites designed for kids under 13 and general audience sites that know certain users are under 13. COPPA protects information that websites collect upfront and information that kids give out or post later.

    Protecting Children’s Privacy Under COPPA - Cybermaterial

  • When do parents should start talking to their kids about online security?
    Start early. After all, even toddlers see their parents use all kinds of devices. As soon as your child is using a computer, a cell phone, or any mobile device, it’s time to talk to them about online behavior, safety, and security. As a parent, you have the opportunity to talk to your kid about what’s important before anyone else does.  






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