FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Common questions answered

Screen Time

It depends on their age and whether it’s fun or functional screen time
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Spending too much time in front of a screen means losing out on other activities and
experiences which are important to the development of your child. Too much screen time has proven detrimental impacts on young brains, eyes, bodies and mental health.

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We like to distinguish between educational (or functional) and entertaining (fun) screen time. Screen time that combines both is first prize – such as MineCraft, brain games, word puzzles etc

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Pornography & Violence

Online porn is hard-core and is being classified as the new drug. It is highly addictive and the younger the exposure, the greater the addiction. The aggressive/ submissive and violent theme of online porn significantly affects how young, developing minds view and approach intimate relationships later in life.
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Take a deep breath, read our blog to prep, and then sit down and talk to them. Use parental filters to prevent access to inappropriate adult websites, and to limit social media apps and games, which are often the initial source of exposure.
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Parents can get very defensive around accepting that their child exposed yours to
pornography. Remember that it was going to happen regardless of how it happened. Give yourself space to calm down before talking with the other parent, ideally in-person, and follow our guidelines in our blog.
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Gaming

Settings for games can be changed to protect the identity and location of your kids, to keep them safer.
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App and game developers use similar persuasive technology techniques to those used by the gambling industry, to make games irresistible, compulsive and hard to stop.
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Just like any professional sport, to be an eSport athlete you must show both Discipline and Evidence. Use their passion to drive them to build discipline (sticking to agreements) and competing in appropriate competitions to prove they have what it takes.

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Social Media

Teens love social media but they need your guidance and inputs as it can affect their self-worth, confidence and general mental health. Most of the popular social media platforms like Instagram, SnapChat and TikTok, are real-age rated 16+.
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Settings for apps can be changed to protect the identity and location of your kids, to keep them safer.
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App and game developers use similar persuasive technology techniques to those used by the gambling industry, to make apps irresistible, compulsive and hard to stop. If you child’s Social Media use is negatively impacting their studies, sleep or relationships, talk to them about it.
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Filters & Limits

A: Try to wait as long as you can, to let your child use a smartphone. Set it up from the start with parental filters, and apply the “loan rather than own” principle, so that you can manage and control it. A cell phone contract is an excellent way to agree the rules of use and consequences of misuse.
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A: Make a Family Digital Alliance and agree how, when and where screens are used. Use screen time apps and/or WiFi routers to help guide and develop your family’s good digital habits.
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A: ScreenTime (iOs) and Family Link (Android) are a good start, but installing parental control filters on devices and WiFi are best.
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Settings

Tech companies monitor our likes and dislikes through every click we make, and use our data to channel our preferences, beliefs and opinions, and market products to us. Changing the default settings helps protect your online privacy.
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Default settings for phones, tablets, computers and gaming consoles can all be reset to protect data security and location.
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Start with your own phone, change your notification settings to stop your phones apps from contacting you for unnecessary reasons. Do you really need to know that you just got a new LinkedIn request?
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Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is prevalent on social media and online games, make it a habit of asking your child about their 'Digital Day' to keep lines of communication open about their online world. If they tell you they are being Cyberbullied, treat it as if it were in person bullying, contact the bullys parent, escalate to a teacher if need be, and be sure to take a screenshot the bullying so you can have a discussion about it.

Congratulate your child on speaking up.  Teach your child to be a Cyber Superhero: an Upstander rather than a Bystander.
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An Upstander is someone who speaks up in support of a victim of cyberbullying. A Bystander takes the easier route of avoiding the conflict they are observers too.
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Getting your child to open up to you requires consistently asking them about what is going for them, do it daily, and don’t be specific about the bullying, when they feel more
comfortable, they will open up. Also, institute a new rule that all phones are out of
bedrooms at night, as this is when most cyberbullying occurs.
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Stranger Danger

If you wouldn’t open your front door to strangers and let them play in your child’s room, monitor who they are talking to online.
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Take screenshots of messages, save images or videos and report it immediately to the child protection authority in your jurisdiction!
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Unless you have made sure that your child can only talk with certain users who you have approved are their friends, or you have set up a private chat channel, you have to assume they are open to being contacted by unsupervised adults, which is a risk that is not worth taking.
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FLAMING is similar to harassment, but it refers to an online fight exchanged via emails, instant messaging or chat rooms. It is a type of public bullying that often directs harsh languages, or images to a specific person.

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FLAMING is similar to harassment, but it refers to an online fight exchanged via emails, instant messaging or chat rooms. It is a type of public bullying that often directs harsh languages, or images to a specific person.

#cyberbullying #mentalhealthawarenessmonth #beintouch
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DOXING, also known as outing, refers to the act of openly revealing sensitive or personal information about someone without their consent for purposes of embarrassing, humiliating or hurting them. This can range from the spreading of personal photos or documents of public figures to sharing an individual’s saved personal messages in an online private group. The key is the lack of consent from the victim.

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DOXING, also known as outing, refers to the act of openly revealing sensitive or personal information about someone without their consent for purposes of embarrassing, humiliating or hurting them. This can range from the spreading of personal photos or documents of public figures to sharing an individual’s saved personal messages in an online private group. The key is the lack of consent from the victim.

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So many forms of cyberbullying...

DISSING is when a bully spreads cruel information about their target through public posts or private messages to either ruin their reputation or relationships with other people. In these situations, the bully tends to have a personal relationship with the victim, either as an acquaintance or as a friend.

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So many forms of cyberbullying...

DISSING is when a bully spreads cruel information about their target through public posts or private messages to either ruin their reputation or relationships with other people. In these situations, the bully tends to have a personal relationship with the victim, either as an acquaintance or as a friend.

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Cyberbullying takes many different forms!

TROLLING is when a bully tries to intentionally upset others by posting inflammatory comments online with malicious and harmful intent. These bullies tend to be more detached from their victims, and do not have a personal relationship.

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Cyberbullying takes many different forms!

TROLLING is when a bully tries to intentionally upset others by posting inflammatory comments online with malicious and harmful intent. These bullies tend to be more detached from their victims, and do not have a personal relationship.

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The third type of cyberbullying in our Mental Health Awareness series, is Masquerading: 

This happens when a bully creates a fake profile or identity online with the sole purpose of cyberbullying someone. It could involve creating a fake email account, fake social media profile, and selecting a new identity and photos to fool the victim. In addition to creating a fake identity, the bully can impersonate someone else to send malicious messages to the victim. In these cases, the bully tends to be someone the victim knows quite well.

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The third type of cyberbullying in our Mental Health Awareness series, is Masquerading:

This happens when a bully creates a fake profile or identity online with the sole purpose of cyberbullying someone. It could involve creating a fake email account, fake social media profile, and selecting a new identity and photos to fool the victim. In addition to creating a fake identity, the bully can impersonate someone else to send malicious messages to the victim. In these cases, the bully tends to be someone the victim knows quite well.

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We can't, or don't necessarily want to be friends with everybody, but we can choose to be kind.

The next in our series of online bullying is EXCLUSION: 
This occurs when someone has been intentionally excluded or singled out from online group activities such as group conversations and multiplayer games. The group might then subsequently leave malicious comments and harass the person they singled out.

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We can't, or don't necessarily want to be friends with everybody, but we can choose to be kind.

The next in our series of online bullying is EXCLUSION:
This occurs when someone has been intentionally excluded or singled out from online group activities such as group conversations and multiplayer games. The group might then subsequently leave malicious comments and harass the person they singled out.

#cyberbullying #mentalhealthawarenessmonth #teenmentalhealth #beintouch
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October is Mental Health Awareness Month!

Online or Cyber bullying is a big factor in t(w)een mental health. Do you know how many different disguises it comes in? 

Let's start with HARASSMENT: 
This involves the online bully sending hurtful, offensive, rude,  malicious and even threatening messages to an individual or a group, and is often repeated multiple times. It can lead to physical harassment in the real, offline world.

#cyberbullying #teenmentalhealth #beintouch

October is Mental Health Awareness Month!

Online or Cyber bullying is a big factor in t(w)een mental health. Do you know how many different disguises it comes in?

Let's start with HARASSMENT:
This involves the online bully sending hurtful, offensive, rude, malicious and even threatening messages to an individual or a group, and is often repeated multiple times. It can lead to physical harassment in the real, offline world.

#cyberbullying #teenmentalhealth #beintouch
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Wed 13 October @12 noon (SAST)

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Evidence provided by ex-Facebook whistle-blower, Frances Haugen, has shown the negative impact of Instagram on teen mental health, particularly body-image issues for girls. 
 
Frances has testified to the US Senate that “the company's leadership knows how to make Facebook and Instagram safer, but won't make the necessary changes because they put their astronomical profits before people."
 
“Let's imagine a different world. In a world where we designed social media such that it's less relying on algorithms to pick what we should focus on, normal social interactions will regulate what we talk about…. If you and I were having a conversation and I kept talking about the same thing over and over again, at some point you're going to walk away from me, right? But algorithms will say, "Ooh, people engage with this topic the most. Let's show it to you more." And that's part of the danger for like teenagers, right? Part of the reason why these teen girls are getting eating disorders is they one time look up weight loss and the algorithm's like, "Oh great. We'll keep showing you more and more extreme weight loss things."

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Evidence provided by ex-Facebook whistle-blower, Frances Haugen, has shown the negative impact of Instagram on teen mental health, particularly body-image issues for girls.
 
Frances has testified to the US Senate that “the company's leadership knows how to make Facebook and Instagram safer, but won't make the necessary changes because they put their astronomical profits before people."
 
“Let's imagine a different world. In a world where we designed social media such that it's less relying on algorithms to pick what we should focus on, normal social interactions will regulate what we talk about…. If you and I were having a conversation and I kept talking about the same thing over and over again, at some point you're going to walk away from me, right? But algorithms will say, "Ooh, people engage with this topic the most. Let's show it to you more." And that's part of the danger for like teenagers, right? Part of the reason why these teen girls are getting eating disorders is they one time look up weight loss and the algorithm's like, "Oh great. We'll keep showing you more and more extreme weight loss things."

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And the world discovered yet another "new normal!"

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And the world discovered yet another "new normal!"

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This was quite a week for Facebook and Instagram!
Following closely on the leaked report showing that Facebook is aware of the negative impact that Instagram has on teen mental health, particularly girls and body image, comes the welcome news that they are pausing development of “Instagram Kids” to work with parents, experts, policymakers and regulators, to listen to their concerns.
App developers are self-regulated, so set their own age limits on app stores, leaving the burden of regulation on the shoulders of parents.

What do you think?

Should Instagram have an age rating higher than 13? 

How do you feel about Instagram for under 13’s?

 
#beinformed #beconscious #betheparent #beintouch

This was quite a week for Facebook and Instagram!
Following closely on the leaked report showing that Facebook is aware of the negative impact that Instagram has on teen mental health, particularly girls and body image, comes the welcome news that they are pausing development of “Instagram Kids” to work with parents, experts, policymakers and regulators, to listen to their concerns.
App developers are self-regulated, so set their own age limits on app stores, leaving the burden of regulation on the shoulders of parents.

What do you think?

Should Instagram have an age rating higher than 13?

How do you feel about Instagram for under 13’s?

 
#beinformed #beconscious #betheparent #beintouch
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Keeping up..it's a full time job!

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Keeping up..it's a full time job!

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Join our 30 minute quick dive into your teen’s Instagram world! Wednesday 29 September at 12 noon (SAST)
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Join our 30 minute quick dive into your teen’s Instagram world! Wednesday 29 September at 12 noon (SAST)
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Ohhhh, the agony!!
 
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Ohhhh, the agony!!
 
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Come join us inside your teen’s TikTok life!
Wednesday 22 September at 12 noon (SAST).
 
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Come join us inside your teen’s TikTok life!
Wednesday 22 September at 12 noon (SAST).
 
*Link in bio to register*
 
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The reminder we need to hold onto!

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The reminder we need to hold onto!

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Yip, a lot of days I sooo get Bob!
 
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Yip, a lot of days I sooo get Bob!
 
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