Protect yourself and your kids online – wintips.org

Today, many children use the Internet to do schoolwork, search for information, listen to music, watch videos, play games, or communicate with friends. However, surfing the Internet is fraught with dangers, and parents are responsible for protecting their children. But in most cases, parents know less about the cyber world than their children.

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Let’s start from scratch, these general rules apply to parents (or not) and children:

General rules for safe surfing

1.This is the first lesson for you and your children never share personal information your full name, birthday, phone number, street address, credit card number, passwords, etc. The type of people you are talking to on social networks such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter or online chat rooms.

2. Open emails from people you don’t know carefully and only if they are legitimate.

For example, you swould never open “Your bank account has been frozen. Action required.” header email because it’s clearly an attempt to steal your bank account information. Banks do not send such information by e-mail!

3. Leave online conversations that make you feel uncomfortable..

4. Never send pictures you or your family to people you don’t know in real life and you only met them online.

5. Respect the privacy of the sender when forwarding a private message. Learn how to use the BCC command and always delete previous recipients of a message, if any. Be aware that many e-mails that ask you to send them are fraudulent and their purpose is to exploit recipients and harvest their e-mail addresses for advertising or other illegal purposes. (Fake encyclopedia).

6. Remember that the Internet is the real world. In the real world, you don’t give out personal information and you don’t talk to strangers.

7. Keep that in mind On the Internet, people are not always who they say they are.

8. Do not fill out online forms With your personal data, until you check whether this website is legitimate or not, the reasons for the use of the data obtained, the contact details of the data collector, the correct design and official logos of the website creator are explained. and its objectives.

9. Install antivirus software on your computer and schedule a full scan for viruses, trojans, or keyloggers.

For parents:

1. Maintain a friendly attitude and positive communication Communicate with your children so that they feel comfortable letting you know about their online activities and trusting you to talk to you when they encounter uncomfortable situations.

2. If your child is younger than 10-12, always sit with them when they are online.

3. Keep your child’s computer where you can monitor it.

4. Set clear rules for using the Internet For example, spending time on the Internet, not sharing personal information, being gentle when talking or interacting with other people.

5. Create different user accounts on your computer and use family safety tools such as Windows Live Family Safetyhelp you create suitable profiles for each family member and filter the Internet.

6. do it Safe browsing for kids page (powered by Google), the default search engine for your children or you can change the search settings according to your needs on this page: http://www.google.com/preferences (After you make Google your default search page).

7. Prevent and teach your children not to install or download software without your permission.

Surf safe.

Learn more:

http://www.wisekids.org.uk/

http://www.safekids.com/

http://www.connectsafely.org/

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