Every child needs to be taught how to be safe on the internet. In the new digital world, there are technological wonders that often create Cybersecurity threats of all kinds. The world of the Internet can be a place of inappropriate behaviour and content, where children can feel anonymous.
There are aggressors, predators, hackers and crooks who can pose a threat to your children. These factors can make it difficult for parents to teach their children to interact with others through technology today. Providing this essential guide to online security and privacy begins by discussing the issue and making safe and smart decisions about your online business. Let’s take a look at some concepts and tips to help keep everyone online, regardless of age!
What are the risks?
The world of the Internet is subject to a multitude of risks and Cybersecurity activities that children and parents should be aware of. Some of the cyber risks are.
- Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place online. This can happen in an email, text message, application, online game or social networking site.
- Phishing/identity theft occurs when a fraudster sends text, emails or pop-ups to the browser to entice people to share their personal information. They can use this information to steal an identity.
- Sexting is the sending or forwarding of sexually explicit photos, videos, or messages from a mobile phone. This not only risks your reputation, friendship and safety, but can also be illegal.
- Social networks can help children connect with family and friends, but can be dangerous if not used properly. Sharing too much information, posting pictures, videos or words can damage your reputation, hurt someone else, or invite a predator to contact you. Once something is online, it is not easy to remove it. Internet criminals can use excessive data exchange to facilitate identity theft.
What can you do?
- Start at an early age! Once children learn to use a computing device, it’s time to talk to them about how to use it safely. Parents and families have the best opportunity to teach their children!
- You know what your kids are doing. Consider a common area for online family activities at home, where children can feel independent but not alone.
- Maintain an open and honest environment. Let your children know that they can contact you with any issues or questions about their online experience.
- Protect your children’s information. Don’t share too much information about your children and teach them this principle. Set up your social media accounts so that only approved friends can see your content.
- Respond appropriately to Cybersecurity aggression. Tell children to ignore or block the aggressors if it does not become dangerous. Report the violation to the website where it occurs or, if you are concerned about your child’s safety, report it to the authorities.
- Configure security and privacy features on devices. Change the default settings on your devices and enable security features such as strong passwords, automatic updates, and more.
- Keep all computers and mobile computing devices up to date with the latest security patches and antivirus software.
- Consider installing or enabling parental controls on devices.
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