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Chat & Blogs – how to protect your child
Chat is an excellent way for children to “meet” their friends, to have fun and to develop their social skills!
Even though chat rooms, blogs and social networks are great places for kids who want to communicate with each other, it is important to talk to your children in order to protect them while they are online.
The best way to do this is to talk to your children more often. Also, it is important to encourage your child to follow these suggestions:
- Use nicknames and not your real names in order to protect your identity – explain to your children how to protect their private information. If they have their own profiles, they shouldn’t reveal their true identities, addresses or other details that might allow others to identify them.
- You need to be aware of how easy it is to exchange photos or video clips on the Internet; think twice before you start doing this – tell your parents, teachers or any adult who you trust if anything unpleasant happens on chat.
- Never agree to meet anyone you met online: people often present themselves falsely. In order to avoid unpleasant and even dangerous situations, teach your child never to go alone to meet a stranger. For these meetings, it is essential that a trust-worthy person (older brother, sister or a parent) accompanies the child.
- Do not accept telephones or other gifts from people you meet online.
- Do not reply to rude and offensive messages: the best way deal with this is to ignore this behavior. Tell your children that it is very important to treat others the way they want others to treat them.
- Use the block/ignore option in order to prevent others to contact you or simply stop chatting if the messages begin to disturb you.
- Talk to your parents about the Internet. Adults use the Internet for work or to get information. Children use it for other things. Talk to your child about this.
- Ask your children to show you their favorite websites, and ask them why they find those topics interesting and exciting. Do not be overcritical about that!
Harassment of children via mobile phone
Receiving offensive calls and messages can be very disturbing for children, especially if a child comes across this in school or outside his/her home.
Nowadays, exchanging video clips which contain scenes of physical violence has become quite frequent, and it is getting more and more noticed.
Advise your children:
- To give their phone number only to family members and close and trust-worthy friends.
- Not to reveal their personal information and not to behave in any way that might lead them to an unpleasant situation if that behavior was recorded and shared among others via mobile phones.
- To think twice before they share their pictures and video clips because they can easily be put to bad use.
- Not to reply to offensive text messages and pictures.
- Not to leave their names on their voicemails in order to confirm their ownership of the number and their mobile phone.
- To talk to someone they trust if they meet someone who used his/her phone to record something that has lead to an unpleasant situation.
- Not to leave their phones unattended.
How to react when your child is being harassed via mobile phone:
- Include the school in all this. If the harassment continues or becomes serious or offensive, contact the police.
- If the harassment does not stop, change your child’s phone number. If you are a prepaid user, call our Customer Support and we’ll do what’s necessary for the harassment to stop.
- Do not delete any messages; they can serve as proof later on, during conversations with school and the police.
Your children’s health
Many of us worry about the effects that using mobile phones has on our children’s health. We are ready to approach this dilemma in an honest and open way.
We adhere to strict international safety guidelines for mobile phones and base stations that do not pose a health risk. These guidelines were approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) and are aimed at the protection of all segments of society. WHO advises that there is no reliable scientific evidence that the weak signals from base stations cause health problems. However, we continue to finance research on the potential impact of the use of mobile phones and base stations on human health.