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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 🙂

How to Stop Your Child’s Computer Addiction

 

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Technology is extremely addicting because it provides immediate feedback, connects us and entertain us. Along with us, our kids are also getting connected to the internet at very young age. Soon they will also start using the internet just like us. This means that it’s important for parents to make sure that they monitor their children’s online activities and make sure that, kids don’t get addicted to the internet.

If you feel that your child is getting addicted to internet activities like playing games online or chatting, make sure you take appropriate actions as too much of internet usage can lead to problems like declining grade, depression, a declining in overall development of your child.

1) Talk with your child about his/her excessive computer usage: Children often interpret questions about their behavior as blame and criticism.Tell your child that you are concerned about some of the changes you have seen in his/her behavior and interest, like declining grades, giving up hobbies. Make him understand that he should have a proper plan/schedule . Especially during exam-time, help your child in planning a proper timetable which includes revising, increasing study hours and limiting the use if internet.

2) 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.

3) Set a password for the computer so that only you can log on to it. However, I will not recommend this for older children.

4) Find out how bad your child’s addiction is, and what exactly your child is addicted to – like Is he addicted to playing online games or chatting or watching videos.

5) Replace the time that your child would normally spend on the computer with other activities – take him to the library a park, get them together with friends. During exam time, encourage him to go out for walks instead of playing online games, surfing the internet or watching TV during breaks.

6) Become more computer-savvy and join social networks: Checking history folders and Internet logs, learning about monitoring software, and installing filters all require a degree of computer savvy. Parents need to be comfortable with the computer. Take an active interest in the Internet and learn about websites which your child visits.

7) Rules for internet usage:
Establish clear boundaries for limited Internet usage. Allow perhaps an hour per day after homework, with a few extra weekend hours. Stick to your rules and remember that you’re not simply trying to control him.

8) Lead by Example
Don’t spend hours on the computer when your children are home. Also, adhere to internet usage rules you have decided for your family.

Hope these tips help you and your child. Happy Parenting #cybersafety #wisenetizen

Take Care

Sonal 🙂

 

 

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

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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 of those involved (if known),
3)The forms of cyberbullying used.
4) If there is evidence of the cyberbullying such as saved text messages or posts. Or if the content is still online.

B) If you are able to identify the cyberbully, you should contact his parents or notify your child’s school if the cyberbully is also a student there. If the cyberbullying included a realistic physical threat of harm report it to your local law authority (cyber cell) immediately. Report this case of cyberbullying to the website used.

C) Educate your child about cyberbullying. And ask him to take these steps whenever he feels that he is cyberbullied:
1-Sign off the computer
2-Don’t respond or retaliate.
3-Block the bully.
4-Save and print out bullying messages.
5-Tell a trusted adult (parent or teacher)

D) Manage stress. Spending time in nature, listening to music or watching a movie are great ways to let off the stress for both kids and adults. Ask him to stay positive.

E) If you have not set in-house online safety rules, implement them on urgent basis. Make sure your child understands that these rules are for his online safety. Click here to know more on tips on setting up these rules.

F) Depending on how deeply the cyberbullying has impacted your child, you may also choose to set up an appointment with a counselor.

By keeping these tips in mind, you and your child can make sure that such incident doesn’t happen again in future.Make your family, cyber smart & stay safe online.

Take Care 🙂
Sonal

PS: Download a #Internet Safety poster for your child. This will help him to remember the #cybersafety guidelines. Download posters now!

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

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 your  thoughts  on pornography.
  • 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.
  • Ask regularly: “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.
  • Make sure that your child is not viewing appropriate pages by looking at the Internet browser’s history or make sure they are not deleting the history to hide what they are viewing. Look at the browser address bar or location bar for additional information about what was typed in the browser address bar.
  • Encourage your child to come to you or another trusted adult if he or she encounters inappropriate material. They might encounter an adult content unknowingly too
  • Parental controls and adult content filters can be fairly complex, and are not always 100% effective. If you feel your child has an addiction to pornography it will take more than filters to work through it. You need to have a proper discussion with him. If required, see a specialist counsellor to help you and your teen.
  • The simplest way to restrict adult content is to make one device child-friendly and other  sure all other devices are not accessible by your child.
  • When you find out that your child has seen pornography, keep calm. Understand that teens will have a natural curiosity about nudity and sex.

Here are some options which you can use  to filter adult content. But remember any apps that contain adult content like Facebook, Tumblr, Vine and Instagram will not be protected by safe search set up on Browsers:

OpenDNS has a free adult content filter, where you can restrict adult sites. It can be set up on a computer though setting the D.N.S settings to OpenDNS, or you can set up your home internet modem so that it covers all devices connected to the Wi-Fi. Instructions are all on the OpenDNS website. However, OpenDNS does not filter adult content that can be found through Google images. OpenDNS will prevent your child from accessing some adult sites, but won’t hide some pornographic images.

To set up Google safe search simply navigate to http://www.google.com/preferences and tick (enable) “Turn On Safe Search” It’s also best to Lock the Safe Search setting on also by clicking “Lock Safe Search” you will then be asked to log into your Google Account to enable locking. If locking it doesn’t work, make sure you have cookies enabled in your search engines preferences.You can also set safe search preferences on Bing.com and Yahoo.com

There are other softwares that can help you to monitor child’s internet activity like Netnanny and K9 web protection.

 

Happy Surfing! Happy Parenting!

Take Care 🙂

Sonal

PS: Visit www.wisenetizen.com  and use free resources for educating your child about #cybersafety.

How Do Kids Become Cyber Bullies?

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Can you believe that cyber bullying is more common than face-to-face bullying? If you know how your kid became a cyber-bully, then maybe you can handle him more tactfully and more effectively.

In fact, you might be surprised to know that –

  • 10% to 20% of children are cyber bullies
  • Many children are unaware that there can be legal implications of cyber bullying. In some countries, it may lead to a criminal record, in spite of being underage!
  • Students who spend more than 3 hours every day on social networking sites are more likely to turn into cyber bullies at some point than students who spend less than 3 hours online.
  • Many children begin as innocent teasers online, which unchecked and unopposed, escalates to more aggressive behaviour. Before they realise it, they have become mean online offenders.

Misconceptions about Online Bullies

It is a common misconception that cyber bullies –

  • Are troublemakers
  • Behave rudely and
  • Are poor performers at school.

But that is not always the case. Many of the offenders–

  • Are model students
  • Enjoy a healthy social life
  • Can even be teacher’s pets and
  • Are well-adjusted at home

Why Do Children Become Cyber Bullies?

So why do such well-behaved children become so mean… why do they do it, in the first place?

  • The most common reason for becoming a cyber-bully is that they themselves have been victimised online and use this defence mechanism to feel more powerful
  • They may even be inspired by their bullying friends and join hands with them to victimise other people. They realise it is more fun being to be on the offending side – since they couldn’t beat them, they literally join them!
  • Or maybe they are mildly offended by the victim, for example, the victim may have been rude to the offender, or could not help the offender with his/her schoolwork. These little things are enough to trigger of an intense reaction.
  • Sometimes, the offenders are extremely jealous of their victims. For example, a friend or a classmate has won the first prize which the offender really coveted. Or maybe something trivial like the offender’s parents and teachers praised the friend and not him. Or perhaps the other person is pampered by their parents and seems to lead a perfect life, according to the offender. Victimising such a person online gives some sort of sadistic pleasure to the offender.
  • Another major reason for online aggression is peer pressure. It is considered to be a very ‘cool’ thing. So in order to improve one’s peer status, one may resort to online aggression.
  • The simplest reason for being rude online is something which every child faces – it is boredom. As they say, an empty mind is indeed a devil’s playground. Children who are naturally restless always seek new forms of distraction and entertainment. Cyber bullying then becomes a new medium of amusement.
  • The most important reason is the ease with which a child can become a cyber-bully. He or she is hidden behind a screen of anonymity. Online anonymity is one of the most important reasons why children, who would otherwise not have the guts to do face to face bullying, resort to its digital version.

Sadly enough, this is the same reason why many lines are crossed virtually – which one could never imagine crossing in real life.

Take Care 🙂

PS: Visit www.wisenetizen.com  and use free resources for educating your child about #cybersafety.

PS: Visit www.wisenetizen.com  and use free resources for educating your child about #cybersafety.

From personal safety to smartphone security: Four apps to keep you safe

Use these 4 great apps to get you home safely, protect your kids from unsavoury content and stop thieves in their tracks

The long winter nights are drawing in and whether you’re getting home after dark or heading out on a long walk in the countryside, it’s important to stay safe. Thankfully, there are several smartphone apps that can act as your own personal security net.

These days threats can be virtual too. Malicious apps can attack your handset, while unsuitable content can easily be found by younger kids getting to grips with the ways of the web.

Here are four essential mobile apps to keep you and your phone safe and secure.

1) bSafe Personal Safety App

Bsafe app

Price: Free

Operating system: Android, iOS

If you’re wary when it comes to walking home alone at night or exploring unfamiliar places, bSafe can provide the perfect security blanket. With this free app you can set up a personal security network of friends and family who keep tabs on each other.

You can ask friends to ‘walk me home’ and they’ll track your location using GPS on a map in real time. If you do get into trouble you can sound an alarm. Then it lets your friends know where you are and starts recording video.

It’s much more than just an app for emergencies though, bSafe can also generate a fake call if you feel the need to get out of an uncomfortable social situation. Plus it has an ‘I’m Here’ feature that makes it easier for users to find each other when meeting up.

2) GetHomeSafe

Get home safe app

Price: Free

Operating system: Android, iOS

Another app for your personal safety is GetHomeSafe. This free and simple tool lets you tell people when you’re leaving and then alerts them when you make it to your destination.

You can specify how long you expect the trip to take so if the trip doesn’t go as planned your designated contacts will get a message with your GPS position and contact details..

While the app boosts security for smartphone owners, it also offers peace of mind to parents and family members. The developers say “it’s the perfect companion for the modern world of Uber or Lyft journeys, Tinder dates or eBay pick-ups”.

3) MobiCip Browser

Mobicip app

Price: Free

Operating system: Android

While smartphone games, educational games and on-demand videos can keep kids entertained, a mobile’s web browser can be a doorway to content unsuitable for younger eyes.

The free MobiCip browser is designed to help you feel more comfortable when your children are using mobiles. It uses an advanced filter to scan websites, while specific URLs, categories, themes and keywords (like ‘adult’, ‘bullying’ or ‘sex’) can be added to the content blocker.

MobiCip is easy to set up on each of your family’s mobiles and you can check the browsing history at any time.

4) Lookout – Security & Antivirus

Lookout app

Price: Free (premium access available)

Operating system: Android, iOS

The Lookout app fights the good fight on two fronts. While it will guard you against digital criminals trying to steal your identity, it’ll also helps protect you against the old fashioned crooks who might steal your actual handset.

To combat virtual theft, the app continuously scans your smartphone’s app library to seek out threats from Trojans packing malware, adware, spyware and all sorts of nasties.

If your phone is stolen, a Find My Phone feature has the ability to send out a signal flare with the last known location if the battery is low. So you can trace it using a browser as well as wipe it, lock it or even sound an alarm.

imagkkes (1)Well, here is good news for parents, you have a chance to win “One-year free subscription to Mobicip Premium”. You just need to sign up and write to prithiv@mobicip.com. Thats it! So register at Mobicip.com now!

 

Take care 🙂

Sonal

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Tips to create a good password

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Make sure that you have strong passwords for all your online accounts. Passwords provide the first line of defense against unauthorized access to your computer. The stronger your password, the more protected your computer will be from hackers and malicious software.
Here are some tips that you can keep in mind while creating your password:
-Is at least eight characters long.
– Does not contain your user name, real name, or company name.
– Is significantly different from previous passwords.

A password can contain characters from categories given below:
– Uppercase letters A, B, C
– Lowercase letters a, b, c
– Numbers 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
– Symbols ` ~ ! @ # $ % ^&* ( ) _ – + = { } [ ] | : ; ” ‘ < > , . ?

Create an acronym from an easy-to-remember piece of information. Pick a phrase that is meaningful to you. Here are some examples that can help you to generate strong password:
-My Husband Name Is Chris and wedding date 12dec2017. So your password can be mhnic/121217.
-My birthday is on 13 July 1982 , so password can be bday!#july!(*@. Here you are using special symbols instead of number.

Passwords are meant to be kept secret,so make sure that your child keeps them private. Make sure that he doesn’t share his passwords with his best friends or anyone else.

Take Care 🙂

Sonal