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Cyberbullying to dissemination of abuse material the dangers of the internet for children. Tips from Hope For Children

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    Hope For Children, on the occasion of the children's holidays, gives advice and ways of coping/prevention to parents for safe surfing on the internet

    In 2022 there were 87 million complaints worldwide about the dissemination of sexual abuse material children, according to Hope For Children, which on the occasion of the children's holidays gives advice and methods of coping/prevention to parentsfor safe browsing on the internet.

    As mentioned, since it is now summer and schools are closed, the free time of children has increased a lot and may be used on the internet and social media.

    It is noted that an important issue that seems to be taking on large proportions in recent years is also related to the distribution of child sexual abuse materialwhere, for example, nude photos of children are trafficked. “To understand the extent of this matter, the numbers indicate that in 2004 we had around 450,000 such cases worldwide, while in 2022 we had 87 million”, it states.

    At the same time, it is added that in recent researches (2017-2022) in America, about 40% of children responded that they have been approached by someone they felt was approaching them online to become friends in order to take advantage of them.

    It is also noted that in 2022, CyberTipline received more than 32 million reports of online fraud and luring where more than 31.8 million of these were for cases of child sexual abuse material detected by the systems of online service providers.

    It is pointed out that in addition to the sexual abuse and exploitation of children via the Internet, there are other forms of danger lurking on the Internet such as cyberbullying) and the unrealistic standards that can cause confusion and pressure on children as they may try to emulate these ideals or the images they see.

    Admonishing parents, Hope For Children notes “ set clear boundaries and rules. Define together safety and security rules on the internet.”

    It is noted that parents should be informed about the possibilities and challenges of the internet so that they can train their children to recognize potential dangers.

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    Parents should ensure the safety of the child and leave the communication channel open, it is added.

    It is reported that the psychological support services of the Hope For Children Organization, as well as the National Line Support from Hope For Children 1466 is also addressed to children facing violence and bullying via the internet, while similar guidance and educational seminars are provided to parents and guardians.

    Source: cyprustimes.com

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