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



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 Do Kids Become Cyber Bullies?

Cyber bullying

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.

Online shopping tips!

online shopping tips

Let’s face it, there’s every reason in the world to shop online. The bargains are there. We get the product right at our door-step. There are plenty of options. Even returns are quiet easy.

But there are alway some risks attached to it. You need to keep few basic things in mind while you shop online. Here are 11 tips for staying safe while your shopping online :

1) Start with a reputated website:

Share payment information only with known or reputable vendors. Start with a trusted site rather than shopping with any random website. Beware of misspellings or sites using a different top-level domain name like .org instead of .net.  Never click on links from spam emails to make purchases.

2) Use only secure websites for transaction

The URL of the website will start with https:// , rather than “http://” . Also  the website should feature a yellow lock icon in the bottom right corner or a green address bar. You can take a look at the security certificate for the site by clicking the icon.

3) Only use a secure connection

Never shop using an unsecured wireless network because hackers can access your payment information if the network is not protected.Once you arrive at a site, you need to make sure that it is legitimate and not a fake or spoofed version.

5) Use strong passwords

Choose passwords that are difficult to guess and are at least 10 characters long consisting of a combination of numbers, letters, and symbols. For any online shopping accounts you have, be sure to create good passwords.

6) Try using online payment services

Online payment services, like PayPal  offer another way for you to pay for your online purchases. These services let you pay with an account from the online payment service, without having to share your bank or credit card information with websites.

7) Credit Card is a safer choice

Credit cards can be the safer choice than debit cards for online shopping. Reasons: Credit cards have spending limits, while debit cards  are directly linked to your bank account. You can dispute fraudulent charges made to a credit card without being out-of-pocket the amount in dispute, but money withdrawn directly  using a debit card is much more difficult to recover. Consider using a credit card with a low credit limit specifically for your online purchases. And some banks now offer “one-time password”  or “virtual” credit cards, try using  these options.

8) Print or save the confirmation  of your order and keep it until you receive your product.

9) Check your statements regularly

To ensure that no unknown or fraudulent charges have been posted to your accounts, check your statements every month.

10) Keep your computer secured

Make sure your antivirus and malware protection software is up to date. Also check to see if you have a firewall installed on your computer.

11) Don’t use public computers for shopping online:

If you plan to do any shopping online, do it at home.  If you’re using a public computer, you have no control over who might be using that computer as well. You also don’t have any control over what kind of spyware or malware might be infecting that computer.

Genuine or Scam? Make sure your child understands it

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Parents need to teach his child to spot a fake account/ email/ link.

Start it by searching a fake account and then discuss it with your child.Guide him on how he can identify a fake account.
A) Here are some key features of a fake profile on a website.

– The profile is almost empty
When it comes to any kind of social networking website, usually real person always takes the time to fill out their online profile. Even if they were to put it off the first day they joined, a real person would go back later to fill out any information they have missed.You can keep this in mind when you accept a friend request.

– Occupation is modeling
It seems that most people who are representing fake identities always choose the modeling occupation.

– Has only one picture
If they represent themselves using just one picture more than likely it can be a fake profile

– Profile has links to adult websites
If you are talking to fake profile, you will notice that they have an URL in their profile that links to an adult related website.

– Create Drama

They try to get sympathy, create drama, talk how life is cruel with them, etc

B) Steps to keep in mind to identify fake email or URL
– Incorrect URL
Hackers use fake sites to steal your information. Watch to make sure the URL is actually the one you want to be going to— if you notice the URL is different, that’s a good indication that the site is fake and you should NOT enter your information. There’s a number of ways you can protect yourself from this:

– Sender’s Email Address
You can also check who sent the email by looking at the send address. It may say it’s from your friend, but the email id is something which you have never heard of.

– Typos
Misspellings or grammatical errors are another sure sign that the message or site is fake.

– Request for personal information
Fake emails often ask you to reply to the message with confidential information.One tactic that is commonly used by hackers is to alert you that you must provide and/or update your personal information about an account (e.g., Social Security number, bank account details, account password). Phishers will use this tactic to drive urgency for someone to click on a malicious URL or download an attachment aiming to infect the user’s computer or steal their information.

– Suspicious attachments
Is this new email in your inbox the first time your bank has sent you an attachment? The majority of financial institutions or retailers will not send out attachments via email, so be careful about opening any from senders or messages that seem suspicious. High risk attachments file types include: .exe, .scr, .zip, .com, .bat.

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Let us stay safe online!

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At what age is it acceptable to allow a child unsupervised internet use?

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I think this depends a lot on the child, her maturity and your ability to monitor or restrict their activity if you aren’t there at the time. It’s important to view online safety in the same way as we do any other personal safety issues such as road safety and that unsupervised internet access should only be allowed when children can demonstrate safe and responsible online behaviour.

Here communication is key. Open, realistic age-appropriate communication between parent and child. About what kind of websites are and aren’t okay. About what kind of behavior online is and is not okay. Restrict Internet access to a family room (not your child’s bedroom), where you can gently supervise. Be interested rather than restricting. Ask you child to show you what she’s doing, what she’s learning. Make this topic a discussion at your dinner table or a outing. Discuss any incidents that arise and help your child defend herself from the cybercrimes like bullying.
Parental supervision may change as children get older and can mange online risks better; however other systems (such as parental controls, education and communication) should also be in place.

Make sure that your child is cybersmart, visit www.wisenetizen.com to access free resources about internet safety for your family.

Take Care 🙂

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Wise Netizen – Drawing Contest for Young Kids.

Wise Netizen (www.wisenetizen.com) has launched this drawing contest on their official Facebook page, where 3 participants can win a Disney gift hamper by drawing a poster which talks about Internet safety rules. The contest ends on 20th June and the winners will be announced on 30th June 2015. Wise Netizen, a website focusing on educating young kids about Internet Safety has initiated a drawing contest titled “I am Wise Netizen” on 25th April 2015. Launched last year, http://www.wisenetizen.com helps parents and teachers to educate their kids about Internet Safety in an interactive manner with help of quizzes, posters, guides and videos available on the website.

“I am Wise Netizen” contest requires parents to register on the website and then educate their child about online safety. Then parents should ask their child to draw a poster defining Internet Safety rules. Once the poster is complete, parents need to upload a photo of the poster on their Facebook page and get maximum votes in order to win the contest.

Sonal Pawar (Founder- Wise Netizen) says, “Nowdays kids are glued to internet and educating young kids about eSafety has become an urgent need. We know that getting attention of kids especially for a topic like Internet Safety is very difficult. So we decided to come up with a drawing contest for kids and help parents to teach them online safety in an interactive manner.”
The contest will end on 20th June 2015 and 3 participants will win prize depending on the number of votes. To know more details about the contest visit www.wisenetizen.com/contest1

About Wise Netizen:
www.wisenetizen.com is a website which focuses on promoting and educating young kids about Internet Safety. With help of Wise Netizen, parents and teacher can educate their kids about Internet Safety and make them cybersmart. They can use the resources like quizzes, videos, guides, ask an expert, posters and tips available on the website for free.



Wise Netizen helps you and your child to become cyber smart.

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Summary: Wise Netizen launches a portal http://www.wizenetizen.com to help educate parents on how to keep their children safe online. Wise Netizen promotes and educates families about online safety. Becoming a wise netizen is no longer a matter of choice – it is a compulsion. It is important for parents to make sure that their child understand eSafety. Children often become easy targets for cyber criminals. Website includes features like videos, quizzes, guides and posters.

Article: Preteen children are exposed to such high levels of technology at such a young vulnerable age. They lack the maturity to behave responsibly online. It is of utmost importance that parents learn how to protect them and prevent such online dangers.
A wise netizen is a person who –

• Knows how to behave like a responsible digital citizen
• Can protect himself and his child from cyber crime
• Teaches their children proper net etiquette
Wise Netizen will help and guide parents on how to use the internet wisely. It is an easy-to-use website which answers all questions without parents’ even having to ask them.

Website’s experts are always on stand-by, in case parents have any queries about safe surfing. At Expert Advice page, an expert will gladly guide parents on everything – from reporting a cybercrime to preventing one.

How-To Tips on the website gives practical tips about internet safety. Website’s features videos regarding online safety and chat dangers, for example, how to stay safe on YouTube, Facebook. Parents and children can take online safety quizzes to understand the basic concepts on eSafety.

For free, parents can download resources like
• eSafety Tool Kits

• Online safety Guides and Posters

• Reports that show relevant statistics

• Social Networking Guidelines for Internet safety on Facebook, Twitter, etc.

Parents can use these resources to discuss safe surfing issues with children, start a dinner table discussions with articles and blog posts about cyber bullying, etc. If parents have more questions, or some doubts, then they can contact the team at http://www.wisenetizen.com.

Register on the website now and become a wise netizen!

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It gives me immense pleasure to introduce you my website www.wisenetizen.com. Our motto is to make sure that every child becomes a wise netizen and understands basic online safety rules. Becoming a wise netizen is no longer a matter of choice – it is a compulsion. It is important for parents to make sure that their child understand eSafety. Children often become easy targets of cyber crimes which include cyberbullying, identity thefts. Globally, India ranks 3rd in cyberbullying cases. Lets make internet a safe place!


In phase one, we are targeting parents with kids from age 8 to 13 years. It is especially designed keeping these kids in mind. If you have any feedback, suggestion or can help us in any way, please drop us an email at support@wisenetizen.com or leave a comment.

Take Care

Sonal 🙂 ~ Wise Netizen

5 Super Smart Ways to Avert Chat Dangers Online

It’s shocking to know that –

  • 1/3rdof children interact with strangers online
  • Almost 62% of kids share personal information online
  • Nearly 70% online tweens have Facebook accounts, defying the eligibility age of 13

Our children could be one amongst them!

We childproofed our homes when our kids were toddlers. It has become compulsory to also child-proof the Internet, now that they are in the  6 to 13 age bracket, which makes them the most vulnerable to chat dangers.

Kids are chatting online with Facebook, Twitter, and relatively newer programs like WhatsApp and Viber. It is impossible to list all the chatting apps (short for applications)  and programs that they can use and you can monitor.

  1. Take a collaborative approach: Try to take the child into confidence and inform them of the virtues of safe surfing. Once you adopt a collaborative approach to this problem, then you might see that it is half the battle won. It will allow you to:
  • Share passwords with your child so that you can physically monitor chat logs yourself
  • Supervise their activities online without breathing down their necks
  • Control their online interactions without looking like a Cruella De Vil
  1. Be Cool!: To do this successfully, you mustn’t flip out and lose your cool unnecessarily. Kids use slang, curse-words, and profanities with each other all the time. If you find such usage in their chat logs, control your temper. Explain to them what wrong they are doing.
  1. Be Well PreparedRead these articles which tell you about online safety together. If both of you are aware of the dangers of online chatting, then you are better informed about this and are, thus, better able to protect yourselves.
  1. Be Sneaky: If you see that your child doesn’t co-operate with you, then you might need to be a bit sneaky. Pretend to be a friend and create a fake profile online. Make friends with them and strike up an online chat session. See how they behave with you. They mustn’t reveal –
  • Personal information such as their birth dates, home and school address, holiday plans and so on
  • Agree to meet strangers offline
  • Their photos or their family’s photos, etc.
  1. Corrective Action: You might see that your child has inadvertently slipped up. Without revealing your fake online identity, have a small talk with them and inform them about the perils of doing this. Even if they have revealed personal information to someone, don’t scold your child. It will only discourage them from sharing their mistakes with you. Just make sure it doesn’t happen again by following internet safety.

Take Care 🙂


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