To complement the cyber wellness curriculum in schools, parents can set a good example at home in the use of technology and play an active role in guiding our children to navigate in cyberspace. Here are the steps for PARENTing in the digital age:
Social Media Guidelines
We have listed some websites that give parental guidance on some popular social media platforms that the youth use nowadays. The guidance below provides more related links for the related topics. Hope you will find them helpful.
Excessive Internet Use
Cyber Wellness Articles
We have some useful articles here to help you stay current on Cyber Wellness.
- Parents, the Guardians of Internet Safety
- Cyber Wellness – Useful Resources
- Guide for Parents on Setting Parental Controls
- Understanding Cyber Wellness
- Navigating the Cyber World Safely
- ICT in Schools: To Use or Not to Use?
- Play Safe – Avoid Online Gaming Addiction
- Safeguarding Your Child Online
- Exploring Online, Safely and Confidently
- Spreading Cyber Wellness through Student Ambassadors
- The best age to give your child a smart phone, according to Bill Gates
Cyber Wellness Resources by External Agencies
C-Quest Game to promote conversations between you and your children on Cyber Wellness
The Ministry of Education has developed a mobile app, C-Quest, which will serve as a tool to encourage conversations between parents and their children on cyber wellness. Through the game, students will also learn to be safe, respectful, and responsible users of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
C-Quest, in facilitating conversation between parents and their children, also complements the Cyber Wellness curriculum taught in schools through Citizenship and Character Education (CCE). The CW curriculum reinforces the positive values and social emotional competencies needed for our students to navigate the cyber space skilfully and safely.
What is Cyber bullying?
- Cyber bullying occurs when electronic gadgets (such as mobile phones and computers); social media; and Internet services are used as a means to intentionally hurt someone in cyberspace.
- There is no physical escape for the victim who can be ‘reached’ 24/7 – negative content can be shared, saved, and spread online.
- A bystander can become involved when they share or add the offending post.
MOE’s Cyber Wellness Education
- MOE’s Cyber Wellness Education comprises of the following components to reinforce the importance of Cyber Wellness and its messages
Examples of School-wide Programmes
Schools are encouraged to share with parents their school-based CW programmes to create greater awareness how their children are benefiting from the programmes. For e.g. Schools can share with parents their school’s cyber wellness student ambassador programme here (i.e. how their students have led in the promotion of CW messages amongst their peers, helped to look out for their peers who are cyber bullied.)
School’s Policies & Procedures
Schools are encouraged to share with parents their school’s policies/ procedures (e.g. counselling & mediation) for management of cyber bullying; MOE HQ’s Cyber Bullying tip sheet for parents; and the ICT Connection Cyber Wellness portal for parents (find out more: https://ictconnection.moe.edu.sg/cyber-wellness/for-parents)
Parents’ Role in Preventing Cyber Bullying
- Maintain good communication with your child to:
- Stay informed of digital trends
- Role model polite online and offline behaviour
- Guide him/her to choose healthy and safe online activities
- Protect him/her from the negative effects of cyber bullying
- Keep the channel open for him/her to seek help from you
- Monitor your child’s digital activities
- Remind your child that:
- hurting and being mean to others online is not acceptable
- online behaviour has its offline consequences
Tell-tale Signs of Cyber Bullying
- Being anxious, upset, withdrawn or angry during/after online activities
- Behave secretively about their online activities
- Noticeable difference in the amount of time spent online
- Disinterest in school
- Avoid friends and school mates
- Sleep deprivation
- Low self-esteem
How to Support Your Child
- Remain calm and practise active listening
- Reassure your child of your support
- Block the bully but do not retaliate
- Save the cyber bullying evidence
- Limit the spread of the hurtful message
- Talk to a teacher at your child’s school and work with the school to resolve the issue.
- Involve your child in resolving the issues