THE Movie and Publication Board (FPB) has urged dad and mom to be vigilant and intently monitor their youngsters’s on-line actions.
This follows the invention of the ‘Momo Problem’, which is a type of cyber bullying concentrating on younger youngsters.
‘It encourages self-harm and should even result in suicide.
‘The problem seems as a scary picture on on-line platforms with requests for the person to contact ‘Momo’ on WhatsApp by way of considered one of a number of contact numbers,’ stated FPB in an announcement.
‘Stories declare that the character instructs youngsters to finish challenges that they have to maintain secret or ‘Momo’ will kill them.’
The board’s Appearing Chief Government Officer, Dr Maria Motebang, stated there’s a risk that the sport could also be shared on a peer-to-peer foundation.
‘Our FPB on-line screens carried out a search on legit and identified App shops and had been unable to search out reference to the sport.
‘Nonetheless, dad and mom and guardians are urged to watch their youngsters’s gadgets and report such content material to the FPB hotline quantity 0800 148 148 or www.fpbhotline.org.za,’ Dr Motebang stated.
Though there aren’t any confirmed incidents in South Africa, dad and mom should be aware of the next ideas in holding themselves or these of their care secure on-line:
Obtain monitoring Apps in your system. These Apps monitor your youngster’s on-line actions and could be set to:
-Warn you when your youngster logs on to an App.
-Permit you to set limits of how a lot time they’ll spend on-line utilizing their gadgets.
-Alerts you when the kid tries to obtain an App.
-Means that you can grant permission on your youngster to obtain an App.
-Supervise your youngsters when they’re on-line and get to know the video games they play or movies they entry on platforms akin to YouTube.
-Bear in mind that the web doesn’t solely provide enjoyable actions, there are additionally prison actions.
-Educate youngsters to not share private data and to make sure their privateness settings are at all times on.
-Help them to determine actions or folks that make them really feel uncomfortable and to report such actions instantly to their dad and mom.
-Educate youngsters to dam any one that bullies them and to report this to an grownup.
-Make sure that the gadgets they’ve entry to are restricted to age appropriate content material.
-Many social networks require customers to be 13 years or older. In case your youngsters have social media accounts, be sure that you verify their privateness settings and who they work together with.
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