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!

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#ArtShare : An activity to encourage your child

We are very excited to announce the details of our new sharing activity called “#ArtShare“.

We will share photos of crafts and drawings made by kids on our social media profiles. Parents can upload the photo of the art on Instagram and tag us @wisenetizen. This is our profile on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/wisenetizen/

So upload photos now!  And don’t forget to follow us on facebook- Wise Netizen and Instagram so that you don’t miss any update!

You can also send the image at support@wisenetizen.com. Send ur child’s name and age too 🙂 #wisenetizen

Here are some photos we have already shared, they are awesome!:

Please share this activity with your family and friends. Let make kids #happy and keep them #motivated. Let us #appreciate them.

Take Care 🙂

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 🙂

 

 

7 Tips to Teach Your Kids About Email

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Its a rite of passage, like your child’s first sleep over or walking home from school without help- at some point your kids will ask for and need an email account.  But with an email account comes a how-to on proper do’s and don’t’s on sending out emails.  Just like everything else in life, its a learning curve.

When opening an email account for your kids, its important to go over some basics. Hopefully these few suggestions will make the transition easy and slick.

  • Just like on social media, sharing too much is NOT a good thing.  Set your child down and let them know that its not okay to pass around their email address to everyone. Only allowing a few contacts should suffice.  Also, make sure your child knows its not okay for their friends to share their address either, like signing up for various services or  random accounts.
  • All emails will be forwarded to YOU the parent/guardian.  This way your child knows whatever comes into their inbox will be read by you.
  • Sometimes emails aren’t from real people.  Auto-responses or error messages don’t need a response.
  • Never send an image or text that you wouldn’t want grandma to see or read.  This is just a safe rule across the board- from emails to texting to social media.
  • Teach them the difference between CC (carbon copy) and BCC (blind carbon copy) and how there are appropriate times for both.
  • They don’t need to keep ALL of their emails.  They can delete them and clean up their inbox.
  • Make sure they use proper spelling, sentences structure and punctuation.  Emails are a little more thorough than texting so its okay to spen a little more time on them.  Remind them that you will get and receive everything they send and get in their inbox- so use kind language.

Emails are a great way to communicate, and with a little guidance your kids can be a pro!

KidsEmail is a great tool for any first time email account.  Not only are our safety settings user friendly, they protect your child from unseen dangers. A KidsEmail account is a great way for children to learn how to use technology in a safe environment, where parents can give their kids a little freedom while maintaining safety and control.  Try it today for free!

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.

#Speardthevibe: The day I realized that “Time more than money” for some kids

Every day is a new day for me, and opportunity for a fresh start. In today’s world, we are so busy in our own world that we hardly get time to enjoy the moments, spend time quality time with our dear ones. I keep myself regularly updated with global news especially about news making headlines in India. I feel very depressed when I read news about crimes like child trafficking, rape, and murder in India. India is facing a lot of issue pertaining to poverty, pollution, child trafficking, female infanticide, abandoning babies and child labour. A recent Indian government report estimated that around half a million children have been abducted and forced to work in India’s cities. After reading such news every day, I had totally lost faith in humanity. I had started wondering “why someone gets involve in child trafficking, child labour?”, “How money has become so much important to some people that they are ready to abduct kids and ruin their lives?”,” Is humanity lost?”.

Recently I read that around 4.35 million children among the ages of 5 and 14 are part of India’s workforce, working anywhere from brick to carpet factories. India is also home to 31 million orphaned children, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund. Girls are more likely to be abandoned, sex-selectively aborted than are boys. This is rooted in a cultural bias against girls.

I feel depressed when I see such high crime rates, especially in India. To give back to the society I live in, I started doing charity. I felt it’s my moral responsibility to do something for my country. I am sure many of us do the same and help the needy, financially. I started thinking that I am doing a bit from my side for the society. Then one day, I was casually discussing the topic of charity with my friends and something very good came across during discussion. One of my friends, celebrates his daughter’s birthday with young orphans staying in an orphanage. Every year, he and his family make a point of visiting an orphanage and host a birthday party for all orphans. The party has everything from cake to music and gifts. He said he also donates money to NGOs, but the happiness which he feels by spending time with kids is priceless. Most of the kids don’t know their birthdate, usually don’t get importance which they deserve from others. So the time which he and his family spends with them is more valuable for them than money and smiles on their faces while having fun is unforgettable. He also said we never know whether the money we donate is actually used for charity or not. Here these moments spend with orphans is cherished by everyone in the party.

 

Another friend of mine, also does charity by not only donating money but also spending time with kids. Every year he visits a school in his village in Rajasthan and donates books along with other stationeries. He makes sure that he and his family spends time with those kids. His family encourages all the kids to study and to become independent. They teach kids importance of education.

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I was overwhelmed after hearing such stories. I told myself that “Good people exist! There are people who spend time with young kids who are not part of their lives”. In today’s world where everyone is busy with their own life, these people spend one whole day with orphans and motivate them to live. Donating money for charity is good but spending time with these kids is priceless. It’s said that “Time is money”, but after hearing their experiences, I feel the time is more valuable than money. So with these positive stories, I have this decided in 2016 that I will make sure that one day in a year, me and my family will spend whole day with young orphans and make them realize that the world needs them 🙂 I have also identified few schools in our village and I would soon visit them to help young kids in educating themselves.  Anxiously waiting to see smiles on their innocent faces.

You can read such more stories  at http://www.youthkiawaaz.com/

‪#‎SpreadTheVibe

Take Care 🙂

Sonal