How do you protect your kids from predators on the Internet?

Help your child to use Social Media Wisely!

As parents we need to be make sure we educate our kids about Online Safety and make them cybersmart as soon as they start using interent on regular basis. Parents need to practice few rules and keep some tips in mind in order to make sure that their family are wise netizens.
Here is the list of basic internet safety rules that parents need to keep in mind:

1) Make sure that your child understand the disadvantages of publishing content online
Think carefully about what you post! Remember that nothing is temporary on the internet. Once you post something online, it would remain there forever. On many websites, the content is viewable by anyone who has access to internet. This content can be misused. Example – it can be used for online bullying, phishing and scams. Also many websites have their own rules, example on Facebook, posts you hide from…

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Why I felt “Online Safety” education is important

Moments of life!

As I see kids growing in front of me and the effect social media has nowadays, I wonder – “Once my kid grows up, will she use social media wisely??”

I have seen the stubbornness of  kids, not  listening to their  parents and staying online whole day and night. playing games, chatting.  As a parent, we always worry about, How my kid will use facebook, twitter?,” Will he accept friend requests from a stranger?, What if he loses his focus on studies? Will he ever listen to me?, What can I do to make sure that he uses facebook/twitter wisely?

I feel as a parent/elder, we can take some steps to ensure that social media doesn’t harm  our kids and to set proper guidance for kids to use social media wisely. You would never, ever allow your child to cross the road without looking for traffic, would you? Well, you need to take the same type of precautions when they…

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How can I protect my child from watching adult content on the Internet?

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The Internet is a huge database. It stores a lot of information which can be read and used by all of us. Some content is not appropriate for children, we call it “Adult content”. On the Internet, websites featuring pornography or other content which you don’t want your children to see are just one click away. Children can also be exposed to adult content via links sent to them through an email or chat.

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Here are few tips which parents need to implement  to prevent their children from watching adult content on the internet:

  • Install blocking, filtering, and monitoring software in order to block pop-ups, restrict access to sites with adult content and see which sites your child visits.
  • Discuss your family values with your child and be clear about what he needs to watch on the internet. Have open conversations about adult content online and explain your child about…

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What can I tell my child to do if he or she is being cyberbullied?

Help your child to use Social Media Wisely!

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Victims of cyberbullying are in a vulnerable state, it is important to make sure that parents respond to their child in a proper manner and take effective steps to resolve the problem.

Acknowledge your child’s pain. If your child did not come to you right away, do not blame, just let them know you are grateful they have come to you now. Tell your children that you won’t blame them if they are cyberbullied. Emphasize that you won’t take away their laptops or phones – this is the main reason kids don’t tell adults when they are cyberbullied.

A) Your first step is to listen to your child without being judgmental.
Here are the details which parents should ask their child in a gentle manner:
1) How long the cyberbullying has been going on.
2) The names…

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How do you protect your kids from predators on the Internet?

As parents we need to be make sure we educate our kids about Online Safety and make them cybersmart as soon as they start using interent on regular basis. Parents need to practice few rules and keep some tips in mind in order to make sure that their family are wise netizens.
Here is the list of basic internet safety rules that parents need to keep in mind:

1) Make sure that your child understand the disadvantages of publishing content online
Think carefully about what you post! Remember that nothing is temporary on the internet. Once you post something online, it would remain there forever. On many websites, the content is viewable by anyone who has access to internet. This content can be misused. Example – it can be used for online bullying, phishing and scams. Also many websites have their own rules, example on Facebook, posts you hide from your timeline can still appear in news feed, search and other places on the website.

2) Ask your child about their experience with social media website and guide them if required:
Ask daily: “Have you used the computer and the Internet today? Share a bit about your daily Social Media activity, use it in a way to facilitate daily conversation about your child online habits. Keep the computer in a public area of your home, such as the living room, so that you can check on what your child is doing online and how much time he is spending there. In tense situation, stay calm and remind your child that it is OK to bring it to your attention. And solve the problem tactfully.

3) Establish Family Internet rules:
Set rules on usage of internet and social media website. Example: time period for which he can be online, which website he will register, ensure that the age limits are followed diligently. Learn about the warning signs of trouble like disruption of daily schedule, meals, studies drop in grades. Make sure that everyone in your family follows the rules seriously.

4)  Educate yourself:
Join the social media website. Understand how it works. Also, monitor your child’s profile. Beware of the content which is posted on your child’s profile. You can monitor the content your child posts by making them friend on the website. As a parent resist the temptation to make public comments on your child’s page; that might embarrass them, which can create an unwanted communication barrier between you and your child. Some children might be willing to have their parents as friend but are reluctant to have their parents’ names shown up on their friends list. Another approach is to create an account under a different name, although it is a violation of Facebook’s terms of service not to use your real name. Else know your child’s passwords.

5) Encourage your child to communicate with people they already know:
Teach your children that they should never accept a friend’s request from a stranger or to communicate online or chat with anyone who they don’t know. If you use computer in a library or Internet cafe, log off completely before you leave.

6) Embedding location information within photos or videos is becoming more and more popular on mobile phones. Learn about geotracking and talk to your child about it. Be aware of the potential privacy concerns this poses for home photos and videos taken of your child. Example : Google maps can reveal the exact location of a home photo of your child.

7) Multitasking can be dangerous. Ensure that kids are not texting messages via mobile phone, listening ear phones while driving or walking on the road.

You can check out Home – Wisenetizen for free material which will help you to make your child cybersmart. Register and try out quizzes along with your child, download posters, watch videos!

 Take Care 🙂
Sonal
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Should I worry about posting my photos on Facebook and the internet?

According to me, there’s no need to give up photo-sharing altogether. By following few simple rules while uploading photos you can alleviate some of  dangers of internet like cyberbullying, identity theft. Rules like –
– Think carefully about what you post!
-Ensure you are only sharing with people who you are close to, in real life. Be cautious before accepting a friend’s request.
-Turn off the ‘location’ service when taking pictures on your smartphone.
-Never post your child’s name along with their birth date, school name, address or phone number.
-Know how to manage your privacy settings (like who can view & share your posts, tagging). For example, Facebook privacy setting by default is public, the entire world can view it!
-Keep a strong password and ensure that it remains a secret.
-Ask permission from parents before uploading photos of their children.
-Ask family members and friends to follow the same precautions when they post details about your family on the internet.

Check out blog on #cybersafety Help your child to use Social Media Wisely! It would help you to understand online safety guidelines.

How can cyberbullying be prevented?

Here are some tips to save yourself from being a victim of cyberbullying:

  • Do not to respond to any cyberbullying threats or comments online. However, do not delete any of the messages. Instead, print out all the messages, including the email addresses or online screen names of the cyberbully. You will need the messages to verify and prove there is cyber bullying.
  • For your family , especially with young child ,set rules on usage of internet and social media website. Example: time period for which he can be online, which website he will register, ensure that the age limits are followed diligently.
  • Keep the computer in a public part of your home, such as the living room, so that you can check on what your child is doing online and how much time he is spending there.
  • In serious case of cyberbullying, take help of local authorities or contact the support team of the website.In case of kids, don’t overreact by blaming your children. If they are being bullied, be supportive and understanding.
  • Don’t threaten to take away your children’s computers if they come to you with a problem. This only forces kids to be more secretive.
  • Protect the accounts very carefully with the passwords and other information. By protecting the accounts carefully, it will keep the bullies from gaining access to them.

You need to educate yourself and your family about internet safety, make him cybersmart. Check out this website Home – Wisenetizen take a cyberbullying safety quiz.. it will help.. also there are more resources like poster, guide, videos.

Do we need a better strategy to provide a responsible surfing environment for kids?

 

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As parents we need to be make sure we educate our kids about Online Safety and make them cybersmart as soon as they start using internet on regular basis. Parents need to practice few rules and some tips in mind in order to make sure that their family are wise netizens.
Here is the list of basic internet safety rules that parents need to keep in mind:
1) Make sure that your child understand the disadvantages of publishing content online
Think carefully about what you post! Remember that nothing is temporary on the internet. Once you post something online, it would remain there forever. On many websites, the content is viewable by anyone who has access to internet. This content can be misused. Example – it can be used for online bullying, phishing and scams. Also many websites have their own rules, example on Facebook, posts you hide from your timeline can still appear in news feed, search and other places on the website.

2) Ask your child about their experience with social media website and guide them if required:
Ask daily: “Have you used the computer and the Internet today? Share a bit about your daily Social Media activity, use it in a way to facilitate daily conversation about your child online habits. Keep the computer in a public area of your home, such as the living room, so that you can check on what your child is doing online and how much time he is spending there. In tense situation, stay calm and remind your child that it is OK to bring it to your attention. And solve the problem tactfully.

3) Establish Family Internet rules:
Set rules on usage of internet and social media website. Example: time period for which he can be online, which website he will register, ensure that the age limits are followed diligently. Learn about the warning signs of trouble like disruption of daily schedule, meals, studies drop in grades. Make sure that everyone in your family follows the rules seriously.

4)  Educate yourself:
Join the social media website. Understand how it works. Also, monitor your child’s profile. Beware of the content which is posted on your child’s profile. You can monitor the content your child posts by making them friend on the website. As a parent resist the temptation to make public comments on your child’s page; that might embarrass them, which can create an unwanted communication barrier between you and your child. Some children might be willing to have their parents as friend but are reluctant to have their parents’ names shown up on their friends list. Another approach is to create an account under a different name, although it is a violation of Facebook’s terms of service not to use your real name. Else know your child’s passwords.

5) Encourage your child to communicate with people they already know:
Teach your children that they should never accept a friend’s request from a stranger or to communicate online or chat with anyone who they don’t know. If you use computer in a library or Internet cafe, log off completely before you leave.

6) Embedding location information within photos or videos is becoming more and more popular on mobile phones. Learn about geotracking and talk to your child about it. Be aware of the potential privacy concerns this poses for home photos and videos taken of your child. Example : Google maps can reveal the exact location of a home photo of your child.

7) Multitasking can be dangerous. Ensure that kids are not texting messages via mobile phone, listening ear phones while driving or walking on the road.

You can check out Home – Wisenetizen for free material  which will help you to make your child cybersmart. Register and try out quizzes along with your child, download posters, watch videos!

Take Care

Sonal 🙂

Are you a smart cyber surfer? Check out tips to surf safe online.

Technology is extremely addicting because it provides immediate feedback, connects us and entertain us. We visit several new/unknown websites almost everyday. Also, download tons of information. As a netizen, we need to be careful about what we download and what we click. The links can content virus or can try to read personal information without our permission. So we need to be a smart netizen while surfing online.

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Here are some tips that will keep you safe online:

-Protect yourself online: Use a comprehensive security tool to warn you if you try to visit risky sites or links. It will also prevent you from downloading infected content and continually identify and remove malware that has managed to enter the system

-Sites like Google & BING continually do virus checks. So stick to them while surfing online.

-Password protect all devices

-Pop-ups might look very rewarding and tempting. They might offer you tickets/ money/ free downloads and much more. But the smart way to stay online is to IGNORE them!

-Stick to official and known websites

-Fake profile: Learn how to figure out if it’s a fake profile. Here are some tips for the same. https://besocialmediawise.com/2013/07/18/how-to-spot-fake-profile-on-a-website/

-Watching out for “free” stuff. Free games, ring tones, or other downloads can hide malware.

-Email attachments are the primary source of virus infection. Nowadays, someone can also send emails with harmful content using your friend’s email address and your friend isn’t aware of the same . Use caution when deciding whether to click a link in a message, particularly if the message body seems non- specific, such as a message reading “Check out our my birthday photos”. So think before to click!

-Ensure you have effective and updated antivirus/antispyware software and firewall running before you start downloading.

Do visit the Wise Netizen Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/UseSocialMediaWisely and www.wisenetizen.com for online safety guides, tips, videos and posters.

#HappySurfing!