Suicide by Smartphones

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Smartphone Seminars in South AfricaThis seminar is aimed at children (grade 4-7, 8-12), parents and teachers. It is delivered in an interactive format using audio visuals to enhance the impact of the message.

More people in South Africa now use Smartphones to access the Internet than any other device. Worldwide sales of Smartphones was 712 million in 2012 according to research firm IDC.

Overview

This talk includes a lot of information about online safety. This informative talk is designed to transform our understanding of how technology impacts our emotions and our psychology in the 21st century. Children are constantly multi-tasking and there exists common misunderstandings on how to focus and increase the power of full engagement. The major challenge of coping with the fast paced change in modern technology and new innovation has taken its toll on society. This conversation investigates the influence of technology on the family unit, the dynamics between couples, and between management and staff in the workplace. Technologies covered include: cellphones, chat rooms such as MXit, social networking e.g. Facebook, MySpace and video games.

Cyberbullying in South Africa

Cyberbullying Definition: Using the Internet to harass, intimidate, embarrass, or demean others

Cyberbullying occurs when kids use the Internet to harass, intimidate, embarrass, or demean others. Cyberbullies may post embarrassing information or pictures on Web pages, trick kids into giving out personal information on an instant messenger, send threatening or cruel messages, or impersonate somebody else to send mean or embarrassing messages. They can even send harassing text messages to a victim’s mobile phone.

Kids who might never be mean in the real world sometimes bully online because of the feeling of anonymity that the Internet gives them. But even if they can’t see the people they are hurting, cyberbullies do real damage. Victims can suffer from low self-esteem, fall behind in school work, or become anxious, depressed, and even suicidal.

Many kids are reluctant to tell an adult if they are being bullied online. However, if you know or suspect your child is the victim of cyberbullying, there are steps you can take to stop it.

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