Never disclose to strangers on the Internet your personal information – your full name, age, address, telephone number. The person you are in contact with might not be the one they claim to be. When you interact with others on the Internet be polite, do not be rude to others, do not be unfair towards others. Think before you post something. After you have sent something out, you cannot take it back any more. Be watchful regarding the information you read or hear on the Internet. There is a lot of reasonable and useful information on the Internet, but there is also a lot of inaccurate and false information. If you see information of suspicious nature, please speak about it with a person you trust, notify the web police or contact the Child Helpline Service 116 111.
Cyberbullying is one of the forms of bullying, which takes place through various electronic means of communication – mobile telephone, social websites, web cameras, etc. Cyberbullying can occur in different forms: sending threatening, malicious e-mails, text messages, messages; elicitation of personal information and spreading this information against the person’s wishes; mock accounts opened in other persons’ names, uploading and distorting photos of other persons. To prevent cyberbullying block the sender of such messages. Copy the messages or other material with malicious content so that you could use them as evidence, if necessary. Speak about bullying with a person you trust. Seek help from the webmaster of the site or the web-constable, or contact the Child Helpline Service at 116 111.
The best way to prevent Internet addiction is limiting computer time. It is advisable to prepare a precise time schedule, which has slots for planned use of computer in a day.
For children aged 7 to 10 the recommended time for using a computer is 45 minutes a day.
For children aged 11 to 13 this figure is 45 minutes twice a day, and for older children – three times a day for 45 minutes each time.
It is important that the child is engaged in activities away from the computer and beyond the Internetand that computers are used only for specific purposes. The more a child has different hobbies the smaller the risk of getting addicted to the computer.
Problems should be discussed as soon as they have emerged. A child must know that, if necessary, they can always tell someone about the problem – be this person the father, mother, an older sibling, a teacher or a youth worker, web-constable or the Child Helpline Service 116 111.
It is always possible to block the person who is disturbing, harassing or abusing you. The simple rule is to block such person and ignore their attempts to contact you again. Problems must be addressed at once, when they emerge, do not let net communication pile up.