What can you do to make the internet a more secure environment for your children? It’s a typical issue among parents, who want to ensure that their children are safe and happy while they use the internet. Observing and monitoring the very young ones while they happily watch at the cartoons is relatively simple, but the hazards rise significantly as children become bigger and more autonomous.
Cyber safety is something you’ve certainly heard mentioned before, but it extends beyond just warning children not to communicate to strangers on the internet. Because of the growth of the internet and the way it is now completely integrated into our lives, the emphasis must now shift to engrained behaviors. You must ensure your children have the resources and reactions prepared in advance so that they are not putting themselves (or your family) in danger no matter what occurs on the internet.
It is simple to establish these behaviors, and it all starts with three fundamental understandings:
Downloads are not permitted.
The majority of children are unable to distinguish between a genuine download and a scam or dangerous link. It’s not their fault; the internet is full of tricks that can fool even the most experienced adult. The difference is that children are less likely than adults to take the additional time to double-check where the link is leading them, to wonder whether it’s too good to be true, or even to read the terms of the agreement they’re signing. They just want to go back to what they were doing, so if anything comes up, their initial inclination is to click ‘yes’ – solely to ensure that it disappears from their screen completely. Unfortunately, that simple ‘yes’ may have just opened the door to spyware and viruses that may cause their machine to crash and freeze forever. Make it a family rule that kids must seek permission before downloading anything (and that an adult must examine it beforehand), and that they must never click on a popup window. Talk through precisely what you’re checking and why you’re checking it when you’re called over to provide download permission or check a popup. Encourage your kid to participate in this process as they get older so that their safe behaviors may be carried beyond the house.
The ability to think critically is essential.
The majority of teenagers consider the internet to be a wonderful place, and they can’t fathom their lives without it. They consider the internet to be on par with oxygen in terms of importance! With that acceptance, though, comes the steadfast confidence that the internet will never deceive them, never fool them, and never harm them if they follow the rules. While we grownups are aware of the dangers, this is only because we have already developed a negative attitude toward the internet. The most effective strategy to keep children safe on the internet is to encourage them to approach every part of their online experience with critical thinking. This involves instilling in them the ability to question the motivations of others on the internet. What if the individual isn’t truly a youngster after all? What is it that they actually want? Predators utilize the internet to target and seduce children, and unfortunately, all children must be made aware of this fact. Make certain that your children notify you quickly if a stranger approaches them. Along with this stranger danger, educate kids to recognize the signs of anything being suspicious, as well as what they should avoid at all costs. If they come across something that they feel is wrong, they should immediately shut off the computer and come to you.
The Internet is here to stay.
Kids have an enormous desire to contribute to the internet, and they don’t hesitate to film a video, participate in a chat room, or post on social media platforms without hesitation. They have the whole globe as their playground! However, what people don’t realize until after they’ve been burnt is that everything they upload, write, or say will remain on the internet in perpetuity. Even if they delete it or use a site that automatically deletes material (such as Snapchat), someone may still take a snapshot and send it out again immediately away. Many cyber-bullying lawsuits are brought about as a result of this exact sort of backlash. When your children understand that whatever they post is permanent, they will be more inclined to take a moment to reflect.
Filtering of content
The Internet has a massive address book that contains the addresses of all websites on the planet – this is referred to as DNS (Domain Name System). The computer sends a request to the server in order to determine the location of a certain website or link every time you wish to visit that website or click on a link. The vast majority of Internet service providers (ISPs) operate their own DNS servers and do not do any filtering to safeguard their customers’ information. Do you want to visit the “Dark Web” or a malicious website? Here’s how. Have you ever clicked on a link in a scam email? Yes, it’s right here! In the event that you accidentally enter in the address of a virus site that is well-known and infectious, the likelihood is that your ISP will direct you there — without hesitation. With our Internet Material Filtering service, we employ a blacklist of websites that have been identified as harmful or containing objectionable information by other users to filter out unwanted content. It automatically prevents harmful websites without the need for you to do anything, and you may also use it to block websites that contain information you don’t want to read.
Please contact us at 762-207-8637 so that we can help you safeguard your computer and keep your family safe.