National KE-CIRT/CC Cybersecurity Best Practice Guide of the Week
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What is cyber-bullying?
Cyber-bullying is the act of tormenting, threatening, harassing, humiliating and or embarrassing someone via the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones. It has to have a minor on both sides, or at least have been instigated by a minor against another minor.
How can you stop cyberbullying?
How to stop/prevent child cyberbullying.
Parents need to be the one trusted place kids can go when things go wrong online and offline. Yet they often are the one place kids avoid when things go wrong online. Why? Parents tend to overreact. Most children will avoid telling their parents about a cyber-bullying incident fearing they will only make things worse. (Calling the other parents, the school, blaming the victim or taking away Internet privileges.) Unfortunately, they also sometimes underreact, and rarely get it ďjust right.
1. Be friends with your child so that they can easily confide in you.
2. Parents should be supportive of their children.
- Homes are consider safe havens but not in cases of cyberbullying. These attacks follow you wherever youíre as long as you are online. It is crucial that you are there to provide the necessary support and love. Make them feel secure. Donít brush it off!
3. Let the school know so that the appropriate measures can be employed.
4. Parents also need to understand that a child is just as likely to be a cyber-bully as a victim of cyber-bullying and often go back and forth between the two roles during one incident. They may not even realize that they are seen as a cyber-bully.
5. Monitor your childís technology use.
- Regardless of how much your child resents it, you can only protect him or her by monitoring what they do online.
6. Keep the computer in a busy area of your house so you can easily monitor its use, rather than allowing your child to use a laptop or tablet in his or her bedroom.
7. Set up filters on your childís computer.
- Tracking software can block inappropriate web content and help you check up on your childís online activities.
8. Insist on knowing your childís passwords and learn the common acronyms kids use online and in text messages.
9. Know who your child communicates with online. Go over your childís address book and instant messenger ďbuddy listĒ with them. Ask who each person is and how your child knows them.
10. Encourage your child to tell you or another trusted adult if they receive threatening messages or are otherwise targeted by cyber-bullies, while reassuring them that doing so will not result in their loss of computer or cell phone privileges.
1. Never share information online if it could be used against you.
- Cyber-bullies often use pictures, status updates, and personal information they find online to harass their targets. Itís fine to share a little information about yourself online, but never reveal something you donít want the whole world to know.
2. Donít take an explicit photo of yourself to send to someone else, and never let someone else take an explicit photo of you.
- You may be in love with your significant other now, but if you break up, you wonít have control over what happens to those pictures. Many cases of cyber bullying involve former significant others trying to get revenge on their exes by distributing explicit pictures.
3. Personal information sent through private emails, texts and instant messages could land in the hands of a cyber-bully.
4. Avoid discussing embarrassing or deeply personal information online. Even if youíre only telling a friend, you never know how the information might get out. Itís best to discuss serious matters in person.
5. Donít participate in cyber-bullying. Even if all of your friends are doing it, cyber-bullying is still wrong. Donít go along with the crowd.
6. Your behavior can influence other peopleís actions; make it clear that you donít stand for cyber-bullying by setting a good example for others.
If your friends start teasing someone online or via text, donít participate. Ask them to stop and let them know that cyber-bullying has the same dangerous consequences as in-person bullying does.
7. Donít take photos or video of someone else without their knowledge and permission. Never distribute photos or videos that could be considered explicit, humiliating or could somehow be used against someone.
Have the above security tips in mind when operating your computer systems. Report any cybercrime incident/activity