DrDonICFO’s Children Series 3 of 5 ‘What Your Kids Need to Know About Internet Safety’

What Your Kids Need to Know About Internet Safety

What Your Kids Need to Know About Internet Safety. Source: Kaspersky’s ‘Internet Safety for Children: Tips to Keep Kids Safe Online’. https://www.kaspersky.com/resource-center/preemptive-safety/kids-online-safety Kaspersky’s Article was the best fit for our research for content that fits our War On Internet Crime Against Our Children Teaching your children about the risks of online activity can be another important step to keep their experience safe, fun, and secure. However, keeping kids safe in the Internet playground can be challenging. After all, there are no teachers to watch over them — and you certainly can’t monitor them every minute. So, how do you keep kids safe on the internet?

Let’s look at the ways you can safeguard against the everyday dangers your kids could face.

1. Don’t talk to strangers. Whether playing online games with friends or joining in conversations on social media, children come into contact with strangers every day. But online comment threads, chat rooms, and private messages also contain cybercriminals. They hide behind avatars to trick children into giving out personal details. These details can then be used to steal your identity and money. These phishing scams are especially common when targeting vulnerable people, such as children and the elderly. What your kids need to know: Your kids need to know that people are likely not who they say they are online. Even if someone looks, sounds, or acts like someone their age, they may be fooled. Always be cautious and never give out any personal info, even to “known” friends. This might include anything from age and location, to online login info or whether your parents are home. How you can help your kids: Sticking to well-known games or reputable social sites can help protect your child. But even then, it can be hard keeping your child safe on the internet by monitoring who they talk to online and what they say.

2. Block and report online bullies. On gaming sites and social media, some people log on to simply harass and taunt others. These players are known as cyberbullies. Controlling and preventing cyberbullying is difficult. In most online games, moderators attempt to ban them. But with so many players, it can be hard to get every single one. Social media can be equally tricky as each platform has different guidelines in response to cyberbullies. They may even define harassment differently than other platforms.

3. Some links, downloads, and websites can make computers sick. Cybercriminals know children seek out free software, music, and games. They also know children are more likely to trust links and email attachments. If your child clicks on one of these links, they may download a virus that has the potential to not just compromise and expose the security of their PC, but your whole network. They may do this inadvertently, simply clicking on a banner ad while the malware invisibly loads compromising your kid’s safety on the Internet. How you can help your kids: The best protection is a decent Internet security suite that blocks unsafe links and checks every download for signs of malware.

4. Anything shared on the internet is shared forever. Nothing can ever truly be deleted from the internet, even if it was never “public.” Children might not know the permanence of anything they say, show, or share on the net. However, you’ll need to make sure they know there are many ways this information lives on. The framework of the internet means nothing can permanently be removed. There will always be artifacts of the data left behind, almost like breadcrumbs.

Dr. Don Yates, Sr Ph.D.,

  • Helping others online since 2004

  • Founder, The Internet Crime Fighters Org [ICFO]

  • Sponsor ICFO’s War on Crimes Against Our Children.

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