UAE parents express online cyberbullying concerns; Norton

Norton shares guidance for Safer Internet Day to help parents keep their children safe online

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UAE parents express online cyberbullying concerns; Norton Tamim Taufiq: "Parents play a critical role in educating their children on the boundaries for acceptable and safe internet behaviours."
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  January 30, 2017

Norton's latest findings has revealed that 85% of UAE parents are worried about their children's safety whilst using the Internet.

According to the Norton Cyber Security Insights Report, 49% of parents' stress that their child will be harassed or bullied online, 54% believe they will be lured away by a stranger and 67% believe children nowadays are more exposed to online dangers compared to five years ago.

The report also stressed that, as well as cyberbullying, parents also worry that their child could download malicious apps or programs (60%), disclose personal information to strangers (51%), doing something online that could potentially make the family vulnerable (52%) and post something that could affect their future, such as university or job applications (48%).

Despite these concerns, UAE parents do implement a number of proactive measures, including limiting access to particular websites and apps, plus only allowing Internet access under parental supervision.

Tamim Taufiq, head of Norton Middle East, said: "Parents play a critical role in educating their children on the boundaries for acceptable and safe internet behaviours. An open dialogue about online experiences is the first step in protecting children online.

"The Internet is a valuable resource for children's development, and our children today don't know a world without it. Preventing children from going online is not necessarily the answer, we encourage parents to establish house rules on internet usage based on their age and talk to their children about their online experiences."

As part of ‘Safer Internet Day', Norton aims to guide parents identify the signs of cyber bullying and to establish a ‘netiquette'. Norton reveals parents should be aware of the following signs:

Appearing nervous when receiving a text/online message or email or begin avoiding their devices or using them excessively

Making excuses to avoid going to school, grades beginning to decline or acting up

Becoming defensive or secretive about online activity or delete social media accounts

Withdrawing from friends and family

Physical symptoms such as trouble sleeping, stomach aches, headaches, and weight loss or gain

Appearing particularly angry, frustrated or sad, especially after going online/checking devices

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