1. Digital Citizenship

Updates 2012

InfoWatch Series

ASEAN-Japan 1st Cyber Security Awareness Week 

The 2nd week of October 2012 has been designated the inaugural ASEAN-Japan Cyber Security Awareness Week, with the tagline “Be Aware, Secure, and Vigilant”.

The ASEAN-Japan Cyber Security Awareness Week is the first collaboration event between ASEAN member states and Japan on security awareness raising initiatives. A collection of cyber security collaterals have been developed for the various countries’ usage to promote the Awareness week, one of which is the awareness video relevant for sharing with students who are likely to be avid online users.

The awareness video is hosted at https://www.gosafeonline.sg/media/asean_eng.mp4 .
What's in the video:
  • 0:54 Beware of Careless Website 
  • 1:58 Leakage of important information by targeted email attack 
  • 3:07 Unfamiliar email may make you a perpetrator in a DDos attack 
  • 5:34 If your password is stolen 
  • 7:48 Summary
More information on ASEAN-Japan 1st Cyber Security Awareness Week can be found at https://www.gosafeonline.sg/inaugural-asean-japan-cyber-security-awareness-week

For Your Reading Pleasure 3:
A new Parents in Education (PiE) website was launched at the Ministry of Education Work Plan Seminar, 12 September 2012. This website aims to help parents help their children, and make learning something that the whole family can be involved in.

In this website, we can find a segment on Cyber Wellness which would be a useful reference for parents and students.

For Your Reading Pleasure 2: 
Parents/Guardians looking to better understand and manage your child’s online interactions via social networking media such as Facebook may wish to check out this online resource for tips on how to ‘parent Facebook users’ and better protect your child’s privacy:

For Your Reading Pleasure 1:
While it's important to keep yourself updated with the latest upcomings via social media, do ensure that your interaction is kept to a healthy level. Check out this article on how to balance it out.

Newsletters by IDA: Go Safe Online
accessible via the SST Info Hub blog

Updates 2011

Talk on "Transition to Secondary School & Effective Use Of Your Learning Device"

The Ministry of Education (MOE) has a portal with materials that educate students, parents and educators on ways to keep ourselves safe while we surf the web at home or at school.

Please CLICK HERE to access MOE's Cyber Wellness Portal.
You may also click at the image to access the site.

Tips for Parents...

Tips for Students...


Some Tips… for Parents
  • Make sure your child does not spend all the time on the computer. Help your child to find a balance between computing and other activities (e.g. Sports)
  • Discuss the rules, get your child agree to adhere to them, and post them near the computer as a reminder.
  • Remember to monitor your child’s compliance to the rules, especially when it comes to the amount of time your child should spend on the computer.
  • Computer-related activities should take place in an open area (e.g. living room) so that you can monitor from time to time, to make sure that he/she is viewing appropriate material. However, you should build the trust with your child, hoping that he/she would have good judgement to know what is right or wrong.
  • Know your child’s experience with the computer and exactly how extensive their knowledge of the Internet is.
  • Encourage discussions between you and your child about what they enjoy online.
  • Make sure that your children feel comfortable coming to you with questions. Do not over react when things go wrong.
  • Find out what e-mail and instant messaging accounts they have.
  • Teach them what information they can share with others online and what they cannot (like telephone numbers, address, their full name, and school). Check your children’s profiles, blogs and any social-networking posts.
  • Get to know their "online friends" just as you get to know all of their other friends.
  • Warn your child that people are not always what they seem to be. Discuss this with them and be open. By having open discussions about safety, dangers and advantages, and disadvantages, you and your child can learn from each other.
  • Do not deprive your child of the Internet. Acknowledge the benefits of the Internet and review these advantages with your child.
Some Tips… for Students
  • Do not reveal your password to anyone (except your parents), not even your best friend. Whoever has your password can change your profile, your account, your password, etc. They can then access your private information and play pranks using your name. They can change your password and lock you out of your account. Be careful if someone is watching you enter your password. They may look over your shoulder and steal it.
  • Do not give out any information that will allow someone to find you offline. Do not reveal information such as your address, telephone number or about your family members. Be careful when you put information that is publicly accessible (e.g. personal websites). When filling out a profile, make sure you keep it simple and don’t reveal too much information about yourself. Your name, when linked with other information, can allow someone to find you easily.
  • Just because someone gives you their personal information or sends you an email, it does not mean that you have to send one back, or give them your information.
  • If someone is bothering you, just sign off. You don’t have to tell anyone anything that you do not want to. You are always in-charge.
  • Be smart; apply common sense and good judgement. Don’t let down your guard and become infatuated with people you meet online. Don’t break the rules for someone, especially if someone seems too good to be true. Always remain in control of the situation.
  • If you think you are being harassed or stalked, never reply to the harasser. Make sure you let an adult know what’s going on. And if you are really afraid, report it to the police.
  • It is easy to become addicted to or obsessed with the computer and Internet by spending too much time online. Try to maintain a healthy balance between cyberspace and the real world.Remember, the Internet is a great place for learning and talking to people, but as a teenager, your social life should not revolve around the Internet only.
  • When you are mad at your friends, not happy at home, mad about school, feel like complaining or you have had a fight with your friends, you should go to an older sibling, a family member, a friend or the teacher. Then Internet is not a good place for you to vent your feelings. 
  • Be polite in the cyberspace. Do not be rude to other members or people who are new to the Internet. Do not type in all CAPS (it is online shouting), do not spam (send the same message over and over ), do not ever get involved in or provoke flaming (online fights). You should always respect other people. Do not say anything online that you would not in real life.  
  • Use common sense and trust your instincts. If you hear threatening remarks (e.g. threats made about bombs), ALWAYS print the screen and make sure you tell someone right away. Similarly, if you know a person who is dangerous to themselves, you or someone else, tell someone. 
  • Never meet people in real life whom you meet on the Internet. If you insist, make sure that you tell someone you trust whom you are meeting and any information that you know about this person. Tell someone you trust where you are going to and when. Make sure that you meet in a very public place. Bring someone you trust. When you leave, do not go straight home; go to another public place and make sure you are not being followed.

1. Parry Aftab, Esq. (2000). The Parent’s Guide to Protecting Your Children in Cyberspace. NY: McGraw-Hills
2. Ministry of Education, Singapore. (2008). Cyberwellness Starter Kit for Secondary School.

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