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Bahrain TRA releases safe internet use tips

Organisation lists ways for parents and children to stop cyber-bullying

Bahrain TRA releases safe internet use tips
The Bahrain TRA has released a list of safety precautions for adults and children online.

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Bahrain has issued tips for safe internet use for both adults and children to mark International Safer Internet Day, which falls on the 7th of February every year.

This year's Safer Internet Day theme is ‘Connecting generations and educating each other,' and features the slogan "Discover the digital World together...safely!"

"Annually hundreds of events are organised to raise awareness about online safety issues, in order to promote safety and responsible use of information and communication technology services, especially among children and young people around the world. The theme of this year is a topic of importance to everyone, whether child, youngster, or parent, as it requires us to learn from each other to ensure a safer online experience for all. We at TRA- Bahrain are taking precautionary measures and cooperating with all key stakeholders to improve the safety of citizens and residents using technology in Bahrain," said Bahrain TRA's director of Cyber Safety Ahmed Jaber Aldoseri.

The Bahrain TRA has issued tips designed to help parents to protect their children from cyber-bullying.

The first tip is for parents to be aware as a child may be a cyber-bully or be a target of cyber-bullying. Parents should be alert to children seeming upset after using the internet or mobile phone.

Secondly parents should get involved: Talk to your children and understand the ways they are using the internet and mobile phone.

They should also learn how to use the safety tools on the service their children are using. Most services have block or ignore buttons, privacy settings, and some allow the recording of online messaging.

Parents should also remind their child not to reply to bullying messages, at least not in anger and should always keep evidence of offending emails, text messages, online postings or conversations.

Parents must also report cyberbullying. It can be reported to the school, or if the cyber-bullying is serious, the police. The Bahrain TRA also urged parents to act and report cyber-bullying if they see it going on.

The Bahrain TRA also released tips for children and young people online. These included; respect others, think before you send, keep your password to yourself, learn how to block or report someone who is behaving badly, save the evidence, and make sure you tell an adult whom you trust.

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