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Internet Safety Issues

I bet all of my readers have some sort of virus software installed to help keep your computer safe, but how many of you have solid plans for keeping your child safe while using the Internet? Internet Safety¬†should be included in your homeschooling curriculum at some point. It is relevant for all age groups, even adults. My daughter, a teenager, and I have had discussions about ways she is to protect herself when accessing the Internet. We also explored why it’s important.

Have you heard about Cyber bullying? It is very real in today’s social media circles. So many older kids today use Facebook, My Space, chat sites, surf randomly, visit You Tube, blogs, and who knows what else. Many times, kids have no idea whether their movements are being tracked, who is reading what they post, who they are truly chatting with, who hacked their account, and so forth. Most kids do not purposefully go to “bad” sites, but bad sites ARE seeking them, tricking them, luring them in…

Do your kids know what information NOT to give at registration sites, in chat rooms, in post comments??? Do your kids know not to ever mention their school by name? Mentioning the name of a school or places near your home helps pinpoint the location of your child.¬†Pedophiles have sneaky ways of finding that type of information. If your child posts pictures on the Internet, things in the background of the picture such as buildings or parks, specific clothes (such a school uniform, cheerleading outfit, team mascot or logo on clothes…) give away your general area. Even if your child doesn’t mention these type of things, chances are his friends might comment about them.

Take time to share safe surfing tips with your teen. Teach them to guard their information. The FBI offers a free report, Parent Guide to Internet Safety , that is a very good starting point for parents wanting to learn ways to spot online sexual predators.

Arm yourself and your child today, don’t wait!

 

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Internet Safety

One of the easiest ways to help kids learn or retain a skill is to have them play a game. It is easy to find lots of online learning games for kids. Just google the term and you will see tons of hits. The not-so-easy part of the equation is to make sure the sites you allow your child to visit are safe. Internet safety is a very real concern for today’s parents. Cyber bullying, chat rooms, pedophiles, companies tracking you as you hop from site to site…there are tons of reasons to monitor Internet usage by kids. It doesn’t matter if your child is young or a teen, Internet safety is of prime importance. If you don’t believe me, read the newspaper, watch television, or google Internet safety. I am sure you will change your mind and quickly!

If you are using the internet today be sure that you are doing everything possible to stop intrusions on your privacy and that you are squelching any Internet safety threats that might pop up. Verify that once a month that all the following are deleted:  cookies, history, temporary internet files, and passwords. Verify that your anti-virus and malware software are current and run a full system scan. If your child has a Facebook account, verify that nothing malicious is posted and no one is harassing them. A review of the pictures on their profile would be appropriate also.

 

Internet Safety Tips for Children

By Jerry Ropelato

Internet safety policies and guidelines can help make the Internet a safer experience for your family members.

Here are some general guidelines:

  • Place your computer in an open room with the monitor facing out. This allows you to see and control what is occurring on the Internet.
  • Educate your children about the Internet, both the positives and the potential dangers.
  • Bookmark child-friendly web sites. This allows your children to easily get to safe sites that they have used before.
  • Teach your children that Internet safety means never giving out personal information over the Internet.
  • Share your Internet child safety experiences, both good and bad, with others.
  • Teach your children to refrain from chat rooms.
  • Don’t install Peer-to-peer applications. A high percentage of what occurs with children and peer-to-peer applications is related to either illegal or immoral activities.
  • Teach children to crash and tell. If they encounter a bad experience, they should feel comfortable in immediately turning off the computer and talking with a parent about the experience.
  • Never allow your children to meet with someone from an online session unless the parent approves.
  • Know the parents of your children’s friends.
  • Teach children to never open email from someone they don’t know.
  • Never respond to an unsubscribe on a pornographic email. If you or your child receives a message that is harassing, of a sexual nature, or threatening, forward a copy of the message to your ISP, and ask for assistance.
 
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Posted by on November 16, 2010 in Helpful, Kids, Take Action

 

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