Internet Safety

Top 10 tips to help your children keep safe online:

  1. When buying a computer, install software that can filter inappropriate material and allows you to monitor what your children are doing online.
  2. Place the computer where you can always see the screen.
  3. Encourage offline activity – playing with their friends, family activities, hobbies.
  4. If they’re signing up for email, chat or on a website, get them to use a nickname and make sure that it’s one that does not identify their year/date of birth, or have sexual connotations.
  5. Teach them not to give out personal information about themselves, family or friends.
  6. Clarify the definition of “friends”. “Friends” online are not the same as friends they have met face-to-face.
  7. Be open – take an interest in their Internet use and talk to them about what they’ve seen.
  8. Educate your children to use the Internet wisely. Encourage them to question whether the information they are receiving from people is true.
  9. Let them know that they can tell you if they become uncomfortable with anything that happens on the Internet and acknowledge that it may be difficult for them to do this.
  10. Ensure that your children understand the danger of meeting up with someone they have only met online whether that person says they are a man, woman or child and that they should never go on their own.

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Nelson Mandela

"As I walked out the door towards my freedom, I knew that if I did not leave all the anger, hatred and bitterness behind, I would still be in prison"

IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT

People from all walks of life can be a victim of sexual abuse. It doesn’t matter your age, race or cultural background, everyone is at risk of becoming a victim. It must be known that you did not choose for this to happen to you, there is nothing specific about you that makes you more vulnerable to this abuse. Sexual abuse, like any form of abuse is a criminal offence and is never the fault of the person it happens to. It doesn’t matter whether you were drinking or drugging. It doesn’t matter what you were wearing or saying. It doesn’t matter if you knew the abuser or were having an argument. You are, Under No Circumstances responsible for being assaulted or sexually abused. The person who did this to you is the only person responsible for your sexual assault; they are the ones to blame.