Children and Cybersafety
With more time being spent online, it remains crucial for parents and children to be vigilant about cybersafety. UNICEF has published a number of important reminders to keep children safe online and we have summarised them below:
- Ensure children’s devices have the latest software updates and antivirus programs;
- Have open dialogues with children on how and with whom they are communicating online;
- Work with children to establish rules for how, when, and where the internet can be used;
- Be alert to signs of distress in children that may emerge in connection with their online activity,
- Be familiar with local reporting mechanisms and have access to numbers of support helplines and hotlines handy.
To better understand how your child can be vulnerable online, read the complete article on the UNICEF webpage. Another helpful resource from the Australian government can be found here.
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Dr. Timothy Woo is Chinese born Canadian, born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. He received his Doctorate in social work from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in social work from York University. In Canada, Timothy has had experiences as a family service child protection worker and as the adolescent social worker in a rehabilitation hospital for children with special needs. In Hong Kong, Timothy has had experiences as a programme coordinator with an NGO geared towards youth drug education and prevention, and most recently, as a guidance counsellor at another private independent school. Timothy has two children, both under the age of six, and his passions include seeing youth be successful in any way they wish to be, being a part of a community with meaning, and of course, fried foods.