Last updated on Jun 21st, 2021 at 12:22 pm

Do you have a child who uses online applications? They are at risk of online stalking, bullying and shaming.

Digimune, a cloud-based platform that provides next-generation digital risk protection surveyed 300 parents of South African teens. 51.5 % of the respondents reported knowing someone in their community who’s children have been cyberbullied. 

According to the Pew Research Centre of Internet and Technology, connecting with and meeting new people is the biggest reason why young people are online. Unfortunately, this yearning for connection leaves young people open to dangerous online risks.

These include: 

  • Grooming 
  • Hacking
  • Shaming/revenge porn 
  • Cyberstalking 
  • Bullying 
  • Sexual soliciation

Here is more data from Digimune’s recent study: 

  • 35% of children have been a victim of cyberstalking
  • 36.5% of children have fallen victim to online shaming
  • 43.5% of children willingly share their personal information on online platforms
  • 54% of children have accessed inappropriate content via digital platforms
  • A staggering 51.5% of children have been cyber bullied

Under lockdown, the number of online young people has increased, and the duration of phone usage has equally increased. This has made conversations around phone usage and safety important.

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Here are some tips from Digimune on protecting your kids from online cyberbullying: 

Education is key

The point of departure when it comes to protecting your children is talking to them about why they need protection in the first place. Children don’t know as much as adults do. They will not always pick up the signs of sexual solicitation unless you show it to them. 

Limit the time spent on the internet

Devices like iPhones allow you to set restrictions on time usage on apps through screentime settings. Time spent on the internet has a lot of control over how much access people have to your child. The more time they are on Facebook, the more chances people have to prey on them. 

Monitor your children’s devices

There are numerous apps that parents can use to be alerted when their children access the content they should not, or if people try to solicit mature content from them. Digital protection is a service offering by Digimune that helps families protect themselves from digital attacks. 

Check what you share online

The internet never forgets, and someone is always watching. These are two important lessons that you should teach your children so that they learn not to share sensitive information online. Details about their school and sharing their home address are some examples of information that should never go online.



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