social media dangers

Social Media Dangers Event

Objective

To inform people about the safe use of social media and how to protect your personal information against adverse conditions and circumstances.

Research has shown that 82% of sex crimes start with the offender using the child’s social networking site to gain information. In most cases these crimes are committed through the use of cellphones and social media where the nefarious planning of these criminal activities take place.

As family, we must take responsibility to not “feel” safe, but we need to ensure we are safe. Families need to reconsider the attitude of “it won’t happen to us” or that it will happen to someone else.

This intervention promises to be highly informative and will be advantageous for young and old. Any person who is active on the social media platforms should be aware of the possible pitfalls and dangers associated with social media communication platforms.

The main objective is to enable social media users to identify dangerous or sensitive situations in order to be able to protect themselves and use social media devices in a safe manner whilst protecting their personal information. Once social media users are educated in the dangers of online social activities, they can make informed decisions pertaining to suspicious activities.

Audience

People active on social media platforms.

Technical Skills Required

Delegates must be at least 12 years of age.

Delegates must be able to change basic privacy settings on their devices.

Delegates must be conversant with basic download of applications and installation thereof.

Delegates must have a basic understanding of communicating on social media networks.

These are basic skills that most people are familiar with.

Duration

4 Hours

Note

  • Note that younger attendees may find some topics uncomfortable. Although these topics are not discussed in depth, it is mentioned. There are no explicit material used.
  • A parent that prefers to attend with a child of 16 years and younger, may attend free of charge. (Prior arrangements need to be made in order to reserve seating).

Contents

Some of the issues under discussion will be social media crimes, grooming, human trafficking, cyberbullying, security settings and more.

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