The findings are based on more than 200 chats in a variety of South African online chat rooms, focussing on real-time, anonymous chats.
Current legislation only places restrictions on chat rooms that are specifically targeted at children.While appearing at the Randburg Magistrate's Court for sentencing, it has been revealed that former deputy minister of higher education and training Mduduzi Manana had two previous convictions for theft – one of which was for stealing a can of Coke.ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe has refuted claims that he was forced to criticise Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa for pronouncing on his preferred running mates for the December elective conference.Discuss the potential dangers and what is considered appropriate behaviour online, in the same way you would in the offline world.Reassure your child that inappropriate behaviour from an adult is never their fault and that they can safely tell you if they encounter something that makes them uncomfortable. Make it clear which information they should never share online, which links they shouldn’t click on and how to identify spam and viruses. Place your family computer in a public place and install child protection software on it. Learn about the various online platforms your children are using.