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Ministry advises users to be vigilant on social media

The women’s ministry advised the public to be cautious when communicating through social media, after an advisory was issued by the Fiji Police. Minister Rosy Akbar reiterated the need for online users to take heed of the advice and be cautious when using social media.  People need to be mindful of the kind of information they share […]

Department of Information

January 11, 2016 12:45 pm

The women’s ministry advised the public to be cautious when communicating through social media, after an advisory was issued by the Fiji Police.

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Minister Rosy Akbar issued an advisory for social media users.  Photo: DEPTFO.

Minister Rosy Akbar reiterated the need for online users to take heed of the advice and be cautious when using social media.

 People need to be mindful of the kind of information they share whilst communicating via online media and who they choose to connect with through social media. With diligence, you should be aware of the risks and consequences of networking through social media.

Particularly when communicating with strangers online we should be very careful for we don’t know if the information they providing through social media is fake or real.

Akbar has urged parents to monitor their children’s online activities.

The social media is very much part of our young people’s world today, they are growing up in a digital age and technology is embedded in every aspect of their lives. Being conscious of when and where it is all right to reveal personal information is vital, it’s especially important to note this when using social networking sites.

There are measures that parents and children need to use to protect themselves when online. For example by checking the privacy and security settings on social media platforms so that your profile is only visible to friends and not accepting friend requests from people you do not know.

Be aware of the stranger danger when you’re online and do not engage in conversations with people whom you don’t know.  If you are concerned about someone’s online behaviour tell someone you can trust in the first instance such as a parent or teacher and, if appropriate, report it to the Police.

The ministry has a National Child Helpline, “1325” which can be used by children and parents to report cases and seek advice concerning child welfare issues.

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