Social Media and the internet have become a big part of our daily lives. Everything is easily accessible and instant. With all that convenience, it's important to keep our safety in mind, specifically our digital and cyber safety.
When it comes to digital and cyber safety, many people tend to brush it off, saying "it’s not a big deal". But when everything revolves around the usage of our tech and social media, it's much easier said than done.
And with each generation that starts using their phones and scrolling through social media, being safe on the internet has become more important than ever before. Here are a few things that everyone should know.
More than 80% of Malaysians are on Social Media
As of January 2020, about 81 per cent of Malaysian are active social media users, whether that's on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. That's more than 25,000,000 people that you could meet on social media. With so many people, it's always best to be sure to add only relatives and friends that you know.
Because of facts like these, Unicef does host workshops such as how to deal with cyberstalking! You can join that here.
1 in 5 Kids Skip School because of Cyberbullying
An important matter to consider is that many kids rely on social media for gratification and recognition. This results in having a large portion of their self-esteem being affected by their social presence.
According to UNICEF, in a class of 50, at least 10 students would have skipped school due to being shamed or bullied online. This, in turn, leads to a series of different issues which include anxiety, depression, lack of self-confidence and more.
Only 2 in 7 Know of a Helpline When Being A Victim of Cyber Bullying or Online Violence
Unlike any domestic abuse or physical violence, online abuse is not covered as much as it should be. Even so, it is not as easily controlled or resolved. According to UNICEF reports, only 2 in 7 kids know where to go or who they can turn to when being faced with any type of online abuse.
You can contact Cyber999 at firstname.lastname@example.org to report any incidents or call their hotline at +6019–266 5850 for any emergencies. Calls via Digi are free.
If you want to find out more, Digi is bringing you several workshops around Cybersafety In partnership with UNICEF and Childline.
Cyberstalking: I Know What You Did Last Week!' (4th Sept 2020, 8pm to 9.30pm)
Cybergrooming: Friendships Are Not Built In A Day' (18th Sept 2020, 8pm to 9.30pm)
Take action now and learn about how to overcome Cyberbullying, or what it means to be a cyberstalker, and lastly, how do we not fall into the trap of being Cybergroomed through our online workshops!”You can register and sign up here!