General advice about the internet
The virtual world of the internet has grown so vastly, the information and opportunities for learning and fun it provides are limitless. Accessing the internet has become so easy that all you need for access is a computer, cell phone or any other computer device. These computer devices enable you to instantly post pictures or videos online by publishing them on various internet sites, such as social networks.
We tend to publish pictures, videos and personal information without thinking much. At times, we end up wishing that we could remove things that have been posted either by ourselves or by our friends and we do not want published. Most internet sites provide the option for deleting things you have already posted, but remember that those things were made public and anyone may have gotten hold of them and may publish them again without your permission.
When online, you can run into people with bad intentions who might try to convince you to post personal information or files you do not want to be public, so always refuse such requests that violate your privacy. If you feel you are being pressured by someone in doingsomething while chatting online or in social networks, you can immediately block that person and stop him from bothering you anylonger.
Unfortunately,while you are online you can run into some really strange people who are not friendly or have bad intentions. Some use the internet and some use cell phones. So,you should be very careful to avoid them andshould you run into such people you should inform your parents or an adult in your family immediately.
Children use different methods to carry out cyberbullying, but the most frequent ones are through messages or pictures sent to mobile phones, email, chat, and websites targeting an individual or a specific group of children.
Cyber bullying through technologies like cell phones or the internet can hurt someone not only at school but also at home. This is because both cell phones and the internetprovide internet access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and people with a predisposition for online bullyingare able to make a specific person feel upset or threatened no matter where, at school or home.
Identifying the person doing the bullying via cell phone or internet can be difficultsometimes, since they can block their personal data and their email addresses can be anonymous.
The nature of this type of harassment can be so wide-ranging that many people sometimes actually do not realize they are involved in bullying. Therefore, never be part of bullying byconveying offensive messages you get from someone to the targeted person. Sometimes it may all seem like a joke, but this joke can be very upsetting for the person who is being bullied.
If you are concerned that someone is threatening or harassing you either online or via cell phone, then inform an adult in your family in order to help you stop that person.
Always respect other people and always be aware of what you receive and send while online.
There are a number of things which you need to consider before you start using social networking sites. When you open your profile on social networking sites, always be careful about what type of information you include in it. Remember, you do not know friends of your friends and you do not know what will happen to your posted pictures or personal information such as email addresses, home address or phone number. Rememberthat the personal information and pictures in your profile are visible to everyone. If this fact alone makes you feel uncomfortable, then better don’t publish them in your profile and don’t make them public. The same goes for logs that you can post in your profile and are visible to everyone.
If you wouldn’t want your parents, relatives or a certain person to see a post or a comment, then better do not post it. Always be careful with what you write on social networks – a topic may seem perfectly normal to you but not so much to some certain people. In some cases you may even offend someone unintentionally.
You should also be careful when you accept friend requests on social networks. If these people are strangers to you, do not accept their friend requests and do not let them to access your profile and your personal information or pictures. While using the social networks, you may run into annoying strangerswho persistently want to talk to you online although there no evidence to show whether these people are really who they claim to be in their profiles. The same ones may ask you to meet with them or may attempt to get personal information from you, which you should not allow. If you come across such a situation, it is recommended that you inform your parents or your guardian and get their opinion about this issue.
Posting pictures and videos online
Posting pictures and videos online, for example in social networking sites and applications such as chat rooms and instant messenger – IM, is a very fun way of sharing different moments of your life with family and friends whom you have added as friends in one of these pages.
But, are these pictures or video files appropriate for being uploaded online? Would you want your parents to see these pictures? Perhaps in some cases theymay make your parents feel ashamed. For that reason,it is recommended that before you post any pictures or video online you always consult with your parents about whether these files are suitable. This way, you will avoid ending up in an awkward position and will preventyour pictures or videos being misused by different people online.
Use of cell phones is another fun way of keeping in touch with friends and family, either by placing calls to them or exchanging text messages. It is recommended that you share your cell phone number only with people you know, so that you don’t receive bothersome phone calls or messages from unfamiliar people. Sometimes you can receive messages from strangers, with content that may be shocking for you, but never respond to these messages and immediately inform your parents or your guardian in order to put an end to this. In these cases, always remember the cell phone number you received the disturbing messages from, and if you receive a call from this number never answer it.
In order to avoid these situations, the best thing to do is to never give your phone number to people you do not know. This advice should be followed during internet use too: if strangers ask for your cell phone number never give it to them, and do not meet with strangers you have met online or through your cell phone. Remember that you do not know that person and that harm could come to you should you decide to meet with him.
When you are playing a game, either online or one installed on your computer, you can feel that you must win or pass on to the next level at all costs. It is important for you to understand that it’s just a game, a fun activity where you sometimes win and sometimes lose. There is nothing wrong with losing a game, in point of fact loosing makes you better at it because you begin to understand the game strategy better. When you play online games you should be careful regardless of whether you are winning or losing, not to disturb or insult anyone on the internet that is playing with you.
It is best if you use a nickname or a short version of your nameinstead of your real when you use gaming sites. There will always be people from all over the world playing games in these game sites who you don’t know. Therefore, you should exercise appropriate caution whilst online.
If you are a fan of chat rooms to chat with your friends, always use a short version of your name or a nickname so that you cannot be identified by strangers. You can tell your short name or nickname to your friends or other people that you know, so that they can identify you, but you should not make this information public.
Protecting your personal data is paramount in order to prevent any potential risks that can come from strangers while you are communicating online. If you receive a messages from a stranger, do not answer it, nor begin a conversation, because all he will want is to get hold of more personal information about you for reasons you will never know. In these situations, it is always recommended that you inform your parents so that they handle the issue.
At your age, many of you may have already heard about “child trafficking” and most probably have not managed to understand what child traffickingmeansexactly. No different from the rest of the world, this phenomenon exists in our country too and is carried out by unknown persons who do it for personal gain. In most cases, children and adolescents of both sexes are affected by this phenomenon.
What is child trafficking and what advice can help you stay away from it?
Trafficking with human beings is kidnapping or moving children or adolescents to exploit them for profit. Trafficking of human beings is carried mostly by criminal networks seeking profits. These criminal networks generally target children as the most vulnerable part of the society, whom then are forced to do indecent work against their will,are bought and sold for different purposes and forced to offer sexual pleasure to different people. Human trafficking can happen within the country to, but it happens more oftenabroad.
Usually children fall victims to these groups by being deceived by adult strangers hiding behind fake identities who promise luxury gifts, money, a better life at home or abroad, or other appealing prospects that do not seem dangerous at all. In most cases, the people who involved in such criminal networks may look very professional and like very good persons who wishharm to no one, much less a child.
Suchharassments can take place in the real life as well as on the internet, through different communication channels such as social networking sites, instant Messenger–IM and chat rooms. Hence, you should always be careful with people with whom you talk to online and on the streets. Never let strangers access your profile on social networking sites and do not agree to talk with them in various online communication channels, and do not share personal information such as your phone number, e-mail address, home address, etc.
Should you ever find yourself in such a situation, you should immediately inform your parents or other family members tocome to your help immediately and protect you from any potential risks. You can also report to the Kosovo Police on the following phone numbers: 192 on cell phone (Vala/Ipko) and 92 on landline, or you can write them an email at the following email address: info@ kosovopolice.com.
Child sexual abuse
Child sexual abuse is a form of child abuse in which an adult forces a child to have sexual intercourse. Both girls and boys can be targets of sexual abuse, and it can occur either online or in a real setting. All forms of such occurrences are considered crimes and are absolutely illegal.
The most common forms of sexual abuse include being touched without your consent, being forced to have sexual intercourse, being forced to watch erotic pictures or videos, being forced to make conversation with sexual motives, etc. All these forms of abuse can happen in a real setting or through webcams, even without your fault and against your wish.
Even if such a thing happens to you, you should never think that it is your fault. No one has the right to abuse with someone else sexually. Consequently, if you are faced with this phenomenonyou should immediately turn to your parents who will help you stop the person who is forcing you to do these things. It does not matter who that person is, whethera friend, a family relative, boyfriend, girlfriend, a stranger, etc. Such phenomena should always be reported and stopped immediately.
If you are ever faced with such a phenomenon,you should immediately inform your parents or other family members so that they can come to your help immediately and prevent any harm that may come to you from this potential risk. You can also report to the Kosovo Police by calling the following phone numbers: 192 and 922 oncell phone (Vala/IPKO) and 92 on landline, or write an e-mail to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org.