A dad has shared distressing screenshots of messages his seven-year-old daughter received from an online predator in a bid to warn other parents.
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Melissa Zimdars is an assistant professor of communication and media at Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass. When she saw her students referencing questionable sources, she created and shared a document with them of how to think about sources, as well as a list of misleading, satirical and fake sites.
I hope you've had a restful and happy summer break and you spent time with family and friends. After over 30 years working in education, and supporting organisations who work with young people, I've come to a single conclusion; The only thing that truly matters is that we are kind and supportive to the people around us. Whether they are colleagues, students, family, friends or neighbours - everyone deserves kindness.
I've worked in the area of online safety for almost 10 years and I provide face to face support and training to schools, colleges, charities and a range of organisations with a responsibilty for young people. I also specialise in providing support, resources and information via social media. Over the summer break I shared a range of articles and links on subjects as diverse as radicalisation, fake news and the impact of social media on body image and mental health.
There were also more quirky links to digital citizenship. Did you know 30 million Facebook users have died in the first 8 years of its existence?
Hurricane Harvey was the cause of wide spread devastation.. and fake news. There's that shark again.
Also, in August Safer Internet Day 2018's Theme was announced.
When we try to engage with young people, and help them to become safe and confident digital citizens, it is very important that our messages and resources are relevant and engaging. That's why I share these things with you.
You can be up to date and informed and relevent when you support young people by simply doing one or more of the following:
You could follow my tweets on Twitter
Or, Like or Follow my Facebook Page
Or perhaps you'd find my Instagram feed a little easier to digest?
It's possible you prefer the more formal world of LinkedIn, I post resources there too.
Or.. just go old school and visit the website
I'm here to help you. If you'd like me to come to your school or organisation around Safer Internet Day 2018 then let me know, That's always a busy time for me and my diary does fill up quickly.
If you've yet to arrange your annual esafety update for your colleagues - I can help with that too.
Take care out there
Key advice for those working in the health sector - including GPs, school and community nurses and child and adolescent mental health professionals - to help them understand the impact of digital technologies on young people and their mental health in particular.
Female genital mutilation (FGM) is the partial or total removal of external female genitalia for non-medical reasons. It's also known as female circumcision or cutting.
Religious, social or cultural reasons are sometimes given for FGM. However, FGM is child abuse. It's dangerous and a criminal offence.
Parental advice on contacting social media sites
It’s so easy for young people to share online, that sometimes they might post something and wish that they hadn’t.
If your child has posted something that they regret on to Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, ooVoo or another site, you should advise them to delete it from their account as quickly as they can.