Internet and social website Safety
The Internet and social websites are part of everyday life, but it could be dangerous and you should ensure your safety online. Children are especially susceptible to the threats that the Internet and social networking websites present. By teaching children about Internet safety, being aware of their online habits and guiding them to appropriate websites, parents can make sure that their children become safe and responsible users on social networking websites.
Social media acronyms that parents should know
Most of the acronyms listed below have sexual meanings and motives behind them and may be used by predators. Many of the acronyms also show that teens have ways to make sure you do not catch a glimpse of something they may be sending or posting. The list below is only a mere sample of acronyms used on social media websites. There are various websites that provide updated lists which you should take note of.
GNOC - Get Naked On Cam
TDTM - Talk Dirty To Me
NIFOC - Naked In Front Of Computer
PAW - Parents Are Watching
PIR - Parent In Room
POS - Parent Over Shoulder
CD9/Code 9 - Parent/Adult around
ASL(R P) - Age Sex Location (Race/Picture)
(L)MIRL - (Let us) meet in real life
MOS - Mom Over Shoulder
P911 - Parent emergency
PRON - Porn
S2R - Send To Receive (pictures)
FYEO – For Your Eyes Only
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Tips to keep your children safe
Train your child to be cyber smart so that they can recognise potential dangers and know how to avoid threatening situations.
Read more on the FPB website.
- Identified fraudulent documents
- Cyberbullying [CyberSecurityHub.gov.za]
Cyberbullying is the most prevalent form of online threat affecting children and is the deliberate use of digital media to communicate false, embarrassing, or hostile information about, or to another person. Cyberbullying is a form of teen violence that can do lasting harm to young people and is a serious problem among teens. By being more aware of cyberbullying, teens and adults can help to fight it.
Read about the signs for cyberbullying.
- Dealing with cyberbullying [SAPS]
With the advent of technology, bullying is no longer limited to schoolyards or street corners. Cyberbullying can occur anywhere, even at home, through email, texts, cellular phones or social media websites. For those who suffer cyberbullying, the effects can be devastating, leaving you feeling hurt, humiliated, angry, depressed or even suicidal. However, no type of bullying should ever be tolerated. These tips can help you protect yourself online and deal with the growing problem of cyberbullying.
- Film and Publications Board - Cyber Security Awareness Workbook
- Identity Theft
- Report 419 and Lottery Scam letters
- Reporting Cybercrime
- Childnet International - Non-profit organisation working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children.
- Family Online Safety Institute - Working to make the online world safer for kids and their families.
- Guide for Protecting Your Children Online - Great tips and advice to keep children safe whilst using the internet.
Spam emails may feature some of the following warning signs:
All 419 scams and letters can be reported to SAPS (Tel 012 393 1203 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org )