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Risks to kids online during the coronavirus lockdown.

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Jazz
I've been reading a lot about the increased risk to kids spending more time online during the 'lockdown' including cyberbullying, hate campaigns, grooming, fraud or phishing scams and also mis-information about the coronavirus such as drinking soap and outlandish conspiracy theories. Has anyone had any problems with any of these issues, or have any concerns?
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David85
My eldest nephew is studying biology so her two are not buying into any fake news about miracle cures or conspiracies!

It does worry me that some impressionable people, young or old, are believing some of the stuff being published online. As if we haven't got enough to worry about in the real world! The anti-Asian narrative in the media and online is particularly worrying as innocent people are being physically abused and attacked because of this. I would urge parents to be aware of what their kids are sharing as well as making sure they are staying safe online - and getting some exercise every now and then!
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Jules92
I think it is safe to say that with more people spending time online now that there is going to be a rise in cyberbullying, fraud etc. Just make sure you are keeping tabs on your children's online activities - without being too much of a nag.

Also, at this time a lot of people are feeling insecure about their future and are probably more vulnerable to some of the ridiculous things being posted online.

As we are all cooped up at home, it's probably a good idea to schedule in some daily 'screen free' time, or activities that don't involve going online. There are some great tips about dealing with lockdown boredom here that you may find useful.

www.cybersmile.org/blog/how-to-stay-positive-during-lockdown-and-self-isolation
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Jazz
Thanks for the feedback. My eldest is a big gamer and his group of friends have seen a lot of crazy stuff being shared lately. They don't seem to be buying into it seriously though, they are enjoying the craziness and dark humour that seems to be a common theme with gamers. If anything, they may be a bit too cynical about what they are seeing IMHO. I have regular chats with him to see how he is with the whole pandemic issue and he seems to be keeping a healthy balanced view, despite what he sees online.
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David85
I am also worried about kids who live in unstable home environments.

This is a time when level heads are required for families living under lockdown and some parents with existing anxiety/stress issues may find this difficult.

Lets just try and look after each other and keep an eye out for friends online who may be suffering.
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Jules92
Originally posted by Jazz
Thanks for the feedback. My eldest is a big gamer and his group of friends have seen a lot of crazy stuff being shared lately. They don't seem to be buying into it seriously though, they are enjoying the craziness and dark humour that seems to be a common theme with gamers. If anything, they may be a bit too cynical about what they are seeing IMHO. I have regular chats with him to see how he is with the whole pandemic issue and he seems to be keeping a healthy balanced view, despite what he sees online.


I think kids are so much more aware of world issues now, and are a lot more resilient than we think!