A Child Online Safety Guidebook for parents
At the Kuala Lumpur Engineering Science Fair (KLESF), Digi together with Unicef launched a parental guide aimed at helping parents to understand the current social media scene and get to know the current popular social media channels.
Available in 3 languages, the guidebook provides advice on how parents can recognise the potential risks posed by these apps and the preventive solutions that can be taken by them. Parents can also find some suggestions for conversation starters that they can use to start a discussion with their children, on how to be safe and make responsible decisions when surfing the internet. It also features real-life stories as reference in relation to families and online safety.
“In the past couple of years, together with our programme partners, Digi has released a few guidebooks on internet safety to further spread awareness and provide tips on safe use of the internet for children. It is our hope that this new approach that we implemented in the guidebook will empower parents to play a more active role in ensuring the safety of their children in the virtual world. This is also part of Digi’s efforts to nurture savvy users of the internet from young by equipping them with the fundamental knowledge and tools to stay safe online,” added Philip. The guidebook can be downloaded Digi CyberSAFE or Safe Internet
Highlighting the importance of online identity
At the same event, Digi together with CyberSecurity Malaysia also organised a social experiment to highlight the importance of having secured online identity for all media social platforms. This was carried out under the pretense of a mind-reading session, a social experiment known as the Digi CyberSAFE Internet Safety Social Experiment.
The social experiment used the gimmick of a futuristic technology that is capable of identifying a participant’s memory and thought patterns through technology. During the experiment, the facilitator revealed participants’ personal details whilst experts from CyberSecurity Malaysia combed and searched for their information through their unsecured social media accounts. The social experiment ends with a briefing session on online safety awareness, with an emphasis on how to strengthen and secure their online identity and social media activities.
About 3,000 visitors of KLESF also participated in Digi’s dipstick survey on social media lifestyle and safety, and took part in other activities at Digi’s booth. The visitors were also informed on what are CyberBullying, CyberStalking and CyberGrooming through short sketches performed live.
CyberSAFE 2015 Survey Results Encouraging
The largest national survey on online safety to date, with participation of more than 18,000 Malaysian schoolchildren, shows encouraging development in cyber safety awareness and growing digital resiliency among schoolchildren.
The fast evolving internet landscape has resulted in the introduction of a new generation of online trends and content, which may have a pervasive or negative influence on children. “As parents, it is important for us to recognise these new risks and know what preventive or mediation and mitigation strategies are available. It is also equally crucial to ensure that our children are empowered to be digitally resilient when encountering any of these negative online experiences.” said Philip Ling, Programme Manager for Sustainability.
“We are encouraged with the findings from this year’s survey results that showed a positive pattern in children’s online behavior as compared to the survey done in 2013. This is a testament to the positive impact of our consistent efforts to educate the schoolchildren. As part of our Empower Societies initiatives, Digi is dedicated in our efforts to continuously nurture a safer internet environment for Malaysian children through building digital resilience and fostering responsible digital citizenship among them,” he further explained.