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It’s common in Brunei for people to catch up on social news by reading local blogs on a daily basis. Blogs (short for web logs) are online journals that are usually set up to share opinions, photos, information and more. Blogs may be set up by individuals or companies. 

 

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Some people believe that they can write anything about anybody online. But when someone posts false statements with the intention to damage the reputation of an individual or a business, whether on blogs, forums, websites or social media, this can be considered as online defamation. False written statements like these are also known as libel. 

 

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Social media have dramatically changed the way we communicate. It’s easy to access the latest information about your friends and share updates about your own life. It also creates added responsibility to protect yourself and others. 

 

Think before you post anything online 

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Cyberbullying refers to the act of threatening, intimidating, harassing or causing embarrassment to someone on the internet. In Brunei, it’s common for people to express anger or frustration through social media such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. If these online posts are directed at a specific person, it could lead to cyberbullying. Most cyberbullies are motivated by anger, revenge or frustration. Some do it for their own entertainment or to get a reaction. 

 

Talk to your child about cyberbullying 

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Online games are easily available for download or to play through game consoles, computers and mobile devices. While games can be entertaining, you should be aware of the potential dangers to children. 

 

Risks of online gaming 

  • Cyberbullying & online grooming 

Multiplayer online games often include a chat feature which enables players to interact through text or voice chat while playing the game. This feature can be abused and lead to cyberbullying, grooming or sexual harassment. 

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There’s nothing wrong with sharing photos of your children online with friends and family. However, if parents don’t manage privacy settings, the photos and videos can be viewed by anybody, including online predators, identity thieves and the rest of the world. 

 

Things to consider before sharing photos or info about children 

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