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[INVITATION] Virtual Online Safety Training for Parents and Educators – South Africa

With the increasing trend of children interacting online, it is important to provide relevant information to parents and educators to help them enable children to take appropriate measures to stay safe online while exploring the internet with confidence.  Products like Google ́s Be Internet Awesome and Family Link provide helpful tips and resources that equip …

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Side effects of Cyberbullying

Bullying was initially something that happened in playgrounds at school, school buses and on the way to school for those kids who walked. This was probably just the only time a child experienced bullying cause when they got home no one was harassing them anymore – the bully went home too.  However, with the popularity of the internet and social media networks, online …

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Stop Cyberbullying Day 2020 Encourages Kindness And Acceptance Online

Stop Cyberbullying Day 2020 has arrived and there has never been a more important time to come together to promote kindness and acceptance while forming a collective voice against hate and abuse. The success of last year’s event saw a wide range of activities around the world taking place including brands, celebrities and influencers using …

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Invitation: Free Online Safety Bootcamp: #KeepSafeOnline

Our online safety programme, Themba Southern Africa, is inviting your NPO to a free, virtual Online Safety Bootcamp. How will the #KeepSafeOnline Bootcamp work? Starting 22 April 2020, the virtual #KeepSafeOnline Bootcamp will begin. Daily, for 5 days (Wednesday 22 April – Sunday 26 April / 10am) Themba Southern Africa will provide online safety resources, …

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What is Identity Theft and Why is it Dangerous?

Identity theft is one of the fastest developing type crimes in the world: specialists believe that a person’s identity is stolen every 2 seconds around the world. Identity theft occurs when a thief gains access to the personal information of a person online such as their credit card information, passwords, medical insurance numbers, ID number/cards. …

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Fake News: What is it, why is it dangerous and how can you identify it online?

What is fake news?  Fake news consists of misinformation or hoaxes that are deliberately published on newspapers, television, radio and social media sites for the purposes of: misinforming people, humiliating, bullying and causing hurt, financial gain or to push a political agenda.  In the time of social media, it’s all over the place and it’s obscuring the line between actuality and …

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Creating Strong Passwords

It is important that you help your children create strong and unique passwords to protect their online accounts.  Children are curious and will want to know the why’s – so tell them the possible dangers as you go along!  Here are some thoughts and tips to help you along. Start by explaining that their passwords need to be:  Unique  The hacker is …

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Free and Safe Learn-To-Read App From Google: Bolo

Bolo is an Android app developed to aid children in Grades 1 to 5 to learn to read confidently – anytime, anywhere, using their own voice.  The app works offline and uses speech-based technology to encourage children to read aloud – just the way they naturally do – making it an engaging way to learn …

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The ‘5 Faces Of Cyberbullying’ In South Africa

In a recent study conducted by Ipsos Global, results showed that about 80% of South Africans are aware of cyberbullying and almost 3-quarters of South Africans believe that the anti-bullying tactics that are in place are not enough to combat cyberbullying. The sad truth is that no matter how hard parents try to control their …

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