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Knowledge Base

Children

We are sharing the following safety tips with children that will enable them to protect themselves online. It is extremely important to be alert and cautious to proactively identify and protect ourselves from disturbing activities and threats online.
Do you think you are safe online?This is what you need to do!
 Select online games by checking their rating and content on www.esrb.org or www.pegi.info
 Avod idownloading games/material from usourcesnknown or unverified
 Report online bullying done on gaming platforms, avoid chatting through gaming platforms especially with strangers
 It is NOT COOL to boast about playing illegal games or accepting challenges to draw attention
 Do not spread rumours about dangerous games, they cause more panic and harm
 Learn self-control, avoid dependency or addiction and minimise screen-time
 Never share personal details like name, address, date of birth, contact details etc. online
 Be kind with words, memes, videos and the content you post
 Raise your voice against any objectionable content. You have the power to say “NO” to what you feel uncomfortable with
 No person/game/activity online should make you feel scared, threatened, fearful, ashamed, confused
 When you are asked not to disclose an objectionable incident to adults, YOU MUST share it with your parents or teacher
 Do not attempt self-harm, your life is valuable, you are loved by your parents the way you are
 Never ask for or share any objectionable pictures (nudes/semi-nudes)with friends, peers nor strangers, this results to a severe cyber crime
 Often, many children know secrets about their friend's unsafe behaviour, do not shy away from reporting cases
 Report signs of danger or threats faced by your friends, do not be a bystander, report about it to your parents/teacher. Remember it is your responsibility to save your friends from doing wrong
 Any signs of distress, extreme anger, violence, aggression, sadness, talking of death, killing or harming that you or your friends face or express, needs attention, seek help from a trusted adult
 Social media is legal for age 13 and above only
 Do not hack others accounts / WiFi, it is a Cyber Crime
 Do not create fake accounts to harass others, it is a Cyber Crime
 Stay safe and be a Responsible Netizen


Adults

We are sharing the following safety tips with parents, school teachers and adults to enable them to protect their children and themselves online. It is extremely important to be alert and cautious to proactively identify and protect ourselves from online threats.
Concerned about your child's and your personal online activities?
This is what you need to do!
 Panic is a natural reaction to rumours. Stay calm, share only verified information online
 Talk, share, communicate and listen to what children say about their virtual world
 Pick up the following important signs of distress your child may face, seek help immediately:





 Withdrawal from social interaction, loss of interest in any activity
 Loneliness, sadness, grumpiness
 Self-harm attempts, marks on the body, talking about worthlessness, death, giving up life, not being wanted, not being loved
 Disturbed food and sleep patterns
 Extreme anger and violence, change in behaviour, extreme mood swings
 If your child is being bullied, harassed or threatened, or if your child himself/herself is the bully
 Hiding phones or gadgets from you
 Extreme dependency on phones, gadgets, games, unable to divert attention from them
 Ensure children play physical outdoors games at least for 1 hour every day
 Beware, many online games are illegal and or may have objectionable content, check game ratings on www.esrb.org or www.pegi.info
 Get involved with your child's online activity, know the games they download install and play
 Teach children to be kind with words, cyber bullying is a crime, do not get influenced by dares and bullies
 Teach children to raise their voice against any objectionable content and report to a trusted adult
 Teach children the power to say “NO” to what is wrong
 Teach children not to spread rumours, and report anything they find objectionable or concerning
 Check ratings, content and the age appropriateness of the game through verified Apps

 Check internet history, if clean, it is time to intervene and talk to children
  Set rules of time, nature of games played, no compromises on sharing personal information, chatting through Messengers with people online
 Playing games involving money, bitcoins, allowing children to shop online or using your banking cards independently should be strictly prohibited
 Empower children to stand up against bullying, accept that your child could also need help
 Promote online games related to sports, strategy and quest games
  Channelize your children's Technical Quotient (TQ), provide alternative constructive creative activities against screen time
  Limit screen exposure, “NO” screens during meals

Online Sexual Harassment

Are you being sexually harrased, threatened or body shamed online?
This is what you need to do!
 Save the content in the form of Chat/SMS/Email/Image/Video (take a Screenshot or Print Screen)
 If you are a minor, inform an adult immediately, especially from parents, seek help of your teacher, principal or counsellor
 Immediately report abuse on the respective platform eg - Facebook, Snapchat, WhatsApp, Instagram etc.
 Write a complaint to the nearest police station, attach evidence of the content as hard copies, provide the website link of the content
 It is a crime to share nude images or go LIVE stream (nude) with anybody online, especially if you are a minor


Social Media Fraud

Have you received obscene, threatening content (photo, video, abusive words) through SMS or Email or through Chats on Social Networking sites?
This is what you need to do!
 Do not panic and DON’T delete the content, take a screenshot/print screen of the page along with the URL/website link
 Save the content in the form of Chat/SMS/Email/Image/Video (take a Screenshot or Print Screen)
 If you are a minor, inform an adult especially parents
 Write a complaint to the nearest police station, attach evidence of the content as hard copies, provide website links of the content
 Immediately report abuse on the respective platform eg - Facebook, Snapchat, WhatsApp, Instagram etc.






In case someone has created your Fake Account
 In case of a minor, inform your parent or a trusted adult
 In case of no access to the account, ask friends and family to report
 If Identify the fake account
 Report abuse on the social media platform
 Complete the report mechanism procedure
 Set up Two Factor Authentication of the account
 Write a complaint to the nearest police station providing evidence

In case your account has been hacked!
 In case of a minor, inform your parent or a trusted adult
 Try accessing your account using the “forgot password” technique
 If Identify the fake Report abuse on the social media platform
 Set up Two Factor Authentication of the account
 Write a complaint to the nearest police station providing evidence

Economic Offences

In case of any unauthorised transactions through your debit/credit cards or in case of loss of your debit/credit card;
This is what you need to do!
 Take screenshots of the fraudulent activity
 Store the banks 24x7 helpline number
 Immediately call the bank to verify and inform about the unauthorised transaction
 Note the customer care executive's name and save the complaint request number
 Block the card to avoid further misuse
 Submit a letter or e-mail to the branch
 Give a written complaint to the police station, whose jurisdiction you fall under
If you fall prey to lottery, gambling or Nigerian frauds
 Never reply to such messages, calls, e-mails. They are fraudulent
 Do not delete the message, save screenshots of the mails, messages take a print out
 Give a written complaint to the police station nearest to you along with above evidences


Matrimonial Frauds

Are you cheated by any Matrimonial sites?
This is what you need to do!
 Write an online complaint to the matrimony site
 Save evidences of harassment or abuse of any form
 Write a complaint to the nearest police station and attach the evidences



Screen Time Regulations

 Define screen time to children
 Assert clear norms and guidelines of no screens during meals
 As an adult, follow these rules yourself

Online Gaming Rules

Responsible gaming rules and guidelines:
 Do not link banking cards, avoid playing with money
 Do not make in-game purchases without parents consent
 Respect others, don’t bully anyoneUse game laws and rules
 Never meet anyone in real
 Do not get attracted to offers, pressured by other gamers Verify whom you connect with on discord
 Don’t share discord link with strangers on social media
 Play multiplayers games with people you know in real, not with strangers