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Navigating the internet

Navigating the internet

GOTS to hold workshops for scholars, families on safely navigating the internet

The internet has made our lives so much easier, but it has a dark side that is particularly dangerous for young children and teenagers.

With this in mind, Global Oak Tree Scholars (GOTS) International School will organise two workshops to help educate its scholars about the internet and social media.

Co-founder Veronica Shepherdson said the session for the secondary scholars and their parents is on Aug 23, while the one for primary students is in September.

“Even before Covid-19 entered our lives, children spent plenty of time on the internet and social media,” said Shepherdson.

“Now, with online learning becoming a part of our lives, they are constantly on the internet.

“While the World Wide Web has made life easier, we want to educate our scholars about the dangers of sharing personal information, of themselves and family members.

“There are many out there who can use that data to defraud other people.

“We can never be sure whom we are talking to online. Adults can even pretend to be children.

“We hope these two workshops can help educate our scholars.”

She added some social media content may seem harmless, but could negatively impact how children view themselves.

It also opens them up to cyberbullying and access to inappropriate or dangerous content – whether deliberately or by accident.

This is a universal concern. Google’s general manager for kids and families, Mindy Brooks, recently shared how the company intends to make the internet safer for children and teenagers.

It decided to act following mounting concerns about online child exploitation and safety due to the ever-growing internet usage as a result of Covid-19.

Among the initiatives included safeguards to prevent age-sensitive ad categories from being shown to teens, blocking ad targeting based on the age, gender, or interests of people under 18, turning off autoplay on YouTube for users under 18, and ‘take a break’, and bedtime reminders.

To learn more about GOTS International School’s upcoming workshops to safely navigate the internet and social media, call our education consultants at +6011-3906 6866, WhatsApp https://wa.me/601139066866 or visit www.gots.edu.my

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