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10 Internet Safety Rules for Children Before Going Online

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Those children who are starting their online experience must need a little bit of help to learn some of the common stuffs they should be aware of. It is important to let them know the what to do and not to do while they go online. Here we provide some of the few tips to get them started on the right foot.

The tips might look old and common to those who are using web for long time. But the kids who are new to the web needs some understanding on how to deal with it to avoid various kids of cyberattacks.

It is always best to keep your kids’ technology use to family areas where the parents can supervise, discuss with them frankly about what they explore in the web.

Do not post something that makes you regret later

Everything you post online presents a picture of who you are and it can be hard to remove posts later. Certain posts can even affect future relationships and job opportunities.

  • Have open conversations with your children to explain the consequences of regretful posts.
  • If a post is potentially damaging, minimize the impact.

Protect your online privacy on social media

Identity thieves and cyberstalkers can gather personal information from your online profile. This information can be used to spend money in your name or even harass or threaten you.

  • While using social media, ask your children to Sign up for login notifications and enable login approvals.
  • Block the users they don’t trust.
  • Set the privacy options only to friends.
  • Make sure to review the posts and only allow friends to post on your timeline.

While using Twitter, enable Protect my tweets option in Privacy and set your Instagram account to private account.

Do not fall for email phishing scams

Phishing scams are fraudulent emails which look legitimate. Messages either contain links directing you to fake websites, ask you to reveal private information or drop malware onto your device.

  • Teach your children to question emails from businesses before taking any further action.
  • Check the mails and links thoroughly before clicking on to it.
  • Do not provide any personal details such as banking information or passwords.
  • Report suspicious emails to the actual companies on the contact forms on the website.

Enable two factor authentications to prevent attackers from gaining access even if they have acquired your password.

Report cyberbullying

Bullying through computer is becoming common nowadays. A large percentage of teenagers are becoming victims of cyber bullying.

  • Make your child talk to you regarding being bullied at any time.
  • Report the bullying to the internet service provider.
  • Block and report the offender’s social media account and email.
  • Ask your kid to not respond to any messages.

Behave online

It is difficult to trace your online interactions which includes cyber bullying and visiting inappropriate sites.

  • Parents should monitor their kids’ internet and phone activity.
  • Explain to them the consequences of bad behavior.
  • If they have been engaged in cyber bullying, ask them not to do so again.
  • Remind them not to post anything which makes them regret later.

Make sure to have different passwords for each account

Around 55% of teenagers use the same password for most of their accounts. This compromises the security of the accounts.

  • Ask your kids to not reveal your passwords to anyone.
  • Tell them to create a secure password by using at least 12 characters, combination of upper and lower case, numbers and symbols. Avoid easily guessable passwords as well.

Do not download in-app purchases accidentally

There are many free addictive games available for free download. But once you start using it, it is easy to start making purchases to level up or upgrade accessories. Do not encourage doing it.

  • You can remove the option to pay for any app services on their devices.

In iOS, go to General – > restrictions. Create a restrictions passcode and turn off in-app purchases or select require password.

In Android, Open Store app->Menu->Settings. Under User control, tap “Set or change pin”. Tick the option “Use pin for purchases”

Avoid worst places on the web

Educate your children about the fact that there are many scary and unpleasant content on the internet which might frighten or discomfort them.

  • Enable safety mode on YouTube   to filter out potentially unacceptable content.
  • Use supervised users in Google Chrome to see pages your child has visited and block sites you don’t want them to see.
  • Create a safe list of sites you have looked as and agreed on together.

Do not become obsessed with Internet

Ensure that you child does not become addicted to Internet usage. Internet addiction can interfere with normal life and cause stress at school or at home.

  • Set boundaries for Internet usage. Set a time period to use the Internet like 1 hour after studies or at weekends.
  • Regularly check the visited sites to monitor and deal with any kind of unhealthy behavior.
  • Discuss with the child for any behavior changes you see in them.

Avoid sharing personal information online

While subscribing to a newsletter, creating an email account, starting a blog you are required to fill in the personal information. If these information gets into the hands of wrong people, you become a victim of identity fraud.

  • Teach your children to use nicknames wherever possible.
  • Do not let them provide their personal address, email, mobile number or date of birth online.
  • Check for https rather than http which means the data sent to the website are secure.

By adopting these above-mentioned tips, it is possible to make your kids stay safe online to some extent. Following these properly will let the children to enjoy the internet as it is an amazing place for them to explore, discover and have fun.

Priyanka R
Cyber Security Enthusiast, Security Blogger, Technical Editor, Author at Cyber Safe News

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