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Addressing the triggers for back-to-school Internet safety

Cyberbullying refers to activities that occur when someone bullies others using electronic means.

AI tools could change the traditional rules of the classroom
AI tools could change the traditional rules of the classroom - Copyright AFP/File STR
AI tools could change the traditional rules of the classroom - Copyright AFP/File STR

As students head back to the classrooms in many countries, embarking on a new school year, technology remains at the forefront of student activities. In a digital era, where technology has become an indispensable part of education and social interaction for today’s youth, there are many advantages with the application of technology.

However, the rapid rise of technology also comes with its own set of challenges, particularly concerning Internet safety, allowing potential cyberbullies more tools to harass others. From online learning to posting on social media, children and parents should be educated on the many dangers and risks associated with increased online activity.

Technology executive Julie Taylor and software development expert Jacob Dahlman are helping develop the tools, safety controls, content, and community moderation that keep d online communities a safe and secure space for all users.

The two have undertaken in-depth analysis on the digital dangers to safeguard students to help parents and teachers navigate the challenges of the modern educational landscape.

The key considerations include:

Online Bullying on the Rise

The digital realm offers bullies a new platform to target their victims, with consequences that extend beyond the classroom. They can expand on the new threats and tactics malicious actors and cyberbullies are using to harass and threaten young people.

Cyberbullying refers to activities that occur when someone bullies others using electronic means. This might involve social media and messaging services on the Internet that are accessed on a mobile phone, tablet or gaming platform.

Empowering Students with Digital Literacy

Teaching responsible online behaviour, recognizing threats like phishing, cyberbullying, child predators, and protecting personal information will equip students to make informed decisions to ensure safety online.

This is concerned with the ability and skill to find, evaluate, utilise, share, and create content using information technologies and the Internet.

Joint Efforts for a Secure Online Space

Parents, educators, and technology companies play crucial roles in creating safer online environments for the younger generation. Foster open communication, utilize parental control software, educate about privacy settings across all platforms, and monitor social media and online activity for safer online space.

Safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments within digital platforms are essential to prevent early adversity.

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Dr. Tim Sandle is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for science news. Tim specializes in science, technology, environmental, business, and health journalism. He is additionally a practising microbiologist; and an author. He is also interested in history, politics and current affairs.

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