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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 🙂

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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!

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

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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.

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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Tips to stay safe on Twitter

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Here are few points which parents/seniors can keep in mind whenever your child wants to use twitter:

  • Understand Twitter: Join the 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.
  • Remember Twitter is a public space
  • Protect passwords: Discuss with your child about how important it is to avoid sharing their passwords with friends.
  • 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 any one who they don’t know. If they use computer in a library or Internet cafe, log off completely before you leave.
  • Think before tweeting
  • If your child receives unwanted tweets from another Twitter user, I generally recommend that he or she block that user and end communication. Ignoring the content shows unwillingness to engage in such interaction, and in most cases, the aggressor loses interest.
  • Report a violation
  • If something goes beyond the point of a personal conflict and has turned into credible threats, whether it be online or offline, you should contact your local authorities as they are in the best position to assess the threat and intervene or assist as necessary.
  • Discuss with your child about their experience with Twitter and guide them if required. Ask questions like ” Can you help me with Hashtags on Twitter? ” or “Did you follow uncle Sam on twitter?” ,such questions will encourage them to discuss their experience. Gradually you can proceed with other questions.
  • Follow family internet rules.

 

Take Care 🙂

Sonal

Tips to save your child from being a victim of cyberbullying

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Netiquette refers to good manners on the internet and treating other people on the  internet as you would like to be treated yourself. Children may not realize that they can accidentally offend someone online. Unfortunately, some people use the internet and/or mobile phones to upset or harass others. This is called “Cyberbullying”.

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

  • Tell your children 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.
  • 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.
  • Learn about the warning signs of trouble like disruption of daily schedule, meals, studies drop in grades.
  • In serious case of cyberbullying, take help of local authorities or contact the support team of the website.
  • Ask your child about their experience with social media websites and guide them if required. In an intense situation, stay calm and remind your child that it is OK to bring it to your attention. And solve the problem tactfully. For kids of all ages, 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’s online habits.
  • Join social media websites. Understand how it works. Also monitor your child’s profile.
  • 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 and this in turn can keep the kids safe from the bully ruining their life.

 

Check out more articles on cyberbulling, here :https://besocialmediawise.com/category/cyberbullying/

 

 

Take Care 🙂

Sonal