(SIOUX LOOKOUT, ON) РChildren and youth are spending a large portion of their daily lives on social media. However, just like the offline world, parents need to be aware of the risks children and youth may encounter while using the internet.

If a child or youth is being bullied on social media, there are many options that can be used to stop inappropriate, offensive or abusive behaviour.

FACEBOOK

Blocking

You can block someone to unfriend them and prevent them from starting conversations with you or seeing things you post on your profile. In addition, people you block can no longer tag you, invite you to events or groups or add you as a friend. Blocking is reciprocal, so you also won’t be able to see things they post or start conversations with them. When you block someone, Facebook doesn’t notify them that you’ve blocked them.

  • To block someone, click at the top right of any Facebook page, click “How do I stop someone from bothering me?” enter the name or email address of the person you want to block and click “Block.”

 

Unfriend the person

  • To unfriend someone, go to that person’s profile, hover over their Friends button at the top of their profile and select Unfriend.

Reporting

Facebook includes a “Report” link for reporting abuse, bullying, harassment and other issues on nearly every piece of content. Facebook has staff working a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to review things you report and remove anything that goes against Facebook Community Standards. They don’t include any information about the person who filed the report when they reach out to the person responsible.

To report a post, click in the top right of the post you want to report, choose the option that best describes the issue and follow the on-screen instructions.

If you’ve reported something, you have the option to check the status of your report from your Support Inbox. Only you can see your Support Inbox.

Creating a password

Passwords help to protect your private information and your email or social media accounts.

  • Don’t share your passwords with other people except parents.
  • It is important that parents know what their children’s account login information is in order to monitor them.

 

Safe friending

Before accepting someone as a friend, you might want to take a look at the person’s profile. Have you ever met them in person? Do you have friends in common? Do you know them well enough that you feel comfortable accepting their friend request?

Safe sharing

Before you share, ask yourself:

  • Could somebody use this to hurt me?
  • Would I be upset if someone shared this with others?
  • What’s the worst thing that could happen if I shared this?

 

It’s also a good idea to think about with whom you are sharing.

Whenever you update your status, share photos, or post anything on Facebook, you can select who sees what you share by using the audience selector tool. You can share with everyone, just your friends or even a customized audience. When you create a customized audience you can selectively share something with specific people or hide it from specific people.

Remember, when you post something on another person’s Timeline, that person controls who can view the post. Additionally, anyone who gets tagged in a post may see it, along with their friends. Always remember that the things you share with your friends can end up being shared with others.

Parents need to monitor their child’s social media activity such as friend list and what is being said in social chats groups. According to Facebook policy, a child under 13 is not allowed to have a Facebook account.

If you or someone you know is being victimized online you can make a report at Cybertip.ca.

Useful links:

http://www.getcybersafe.gc.ca/cnt/bt/index-eng.aspx

www.needhelpnow.ca

https://www.kidsintheknow.ca/app/en/

The OPP also encourages parents to visit The Door That’s Not Locked website (www.thedoorthatsnotlocked.ca), a resource with age-specific Internet safety information. This includes material about the online activities that are popular with children of different age groups, the potential risks children face when using certain technologies and safety strategies to address those concerns.

If you suspect your child has been a victim of online bullying, contact the Sioux Lookout OPP at 807-737-2020 or 1-888-310-1122