Do you REALLY know who your daughter or son is talking to online?
What would you do if you found out that she / he is talking to a sexual predator??
Some of you may already know that our #ThembaSouthernAfrica Programme provides Cyberbullying Awareness and Online Safety Training to schools and NGOs in South Africa and we have had phenomenal impact at the organisations we have trained at.
What some of you may not know is that since January 2019 I have spent endless hours researching the act of online grooming and predatory behavior. I have poured my heart and soul into hours and hours of reading open source investigation documents, watching police interrogations and researching rehabilitation processes. I have done this to add extra value to our existing programme and have come to a solid conclusion:
PROTECTION STARTS AT HOME.
As much as you want to blame the predator, the social media platform, your child’s friends or even the government for the lack of protection online, I am here to tell you that it starts with you!
You as the parent need to spend more time teaching your children about the dangers of the online world. You as the parent need to give your children a safe space to tell you when something is going wrong online.
Think of it this way: you wouldn’t give your child access to a new car if you have not ensured that they have been giving driving lessons and have a valid drivers licence or permit right? Why then are you giving them access to smartphones and the internet when you haven’t given them the tools to navigate them safely?
Let me help you navigate the online world with your children.
Let me provide you with the tools required to be safer online.
Let me show you how to recognize Cyberbullying and potential online abuse.
Let me give you the correct reporting tools:
How can you access these tools?
1) Reach out to your school, youth development NPO or Church and ask them to allow us to host an online safety session in your community.
3) Tell your friends about the work we are doing – you have no idea how powerful a simple share on Facebook can be to our programme! Click here to share our Fan Page Message or click below to Tweet about us.South African Parents and Teachers! Access free online safety resources from the #ThembaSouthernAfrica Programme for your home or classroom here! Click To Tweet