Category: Kids

globe2An online security officer from UFCU, Tony Rosas, provided tips for parents on how to deal with online security, especially when it concerns their children. According to him, it is better to let kids know what is online security and how it can help or ruin them. Parents must teach this to their kids through an open communication. Establishing values that children may consider even in using the internet is a good way to impose rules.

It is also important to listen to them and take their thoughts into consideration when talking about internet to establishing grounds. Most importantly, parents are expected to use strong and complicated passwords for safety at all times.

Source: Kxan

Computer-MouseWhat is your weakest cyber security link? It could be your kid. In fact, half Americans with children below 18 years old reported that their data had been breached by their kids in some ways. Consequently, some of them suffered from lost productivity, damaged computers or lost money spent in unauthorized purchases.  In this case, you should know what your kids are capable of technically and behaviorally. You should also keep yourself a step ahead of them.  You should also know what your children access and use, including machines, files and devices. Read the full story from the source.

Source: WSJ

BitDefender 2015: Best Protection for Your PC EVER!

BitDefender 2015: Best Protection for Your PC EVER!

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Exercising Parental Controls

Computer-MouseIf you have kids around the house who are also internet savvy and are quite familiar with the ins and out of the internet, you may be one of the parents in the nation today who wish to have parental controls enabled on their internet subscription. Today, with the MDA or Media Development Authority recommendations, you may have found a solution that ongoing problem where your kids can view undesirable web contents. According to the MDA, it’s not only lewd contents that you should worry about. Drugs and weapons are the other things that you may be facing right now. With the said MDA set of recommendations, there are five major changes that’s needed to be done, which includes parental controls that’s offered by Local Internet Service Providers or ISP’s. For more information on this post, go to the source.

Source: Straits Times

While many of us are reluctant to see our children step beyond the garden gate on their own, and would think twice about letting them walk to school or to a friend’s, we are far more relaxed about the internet. According to the 2010 Sexualisation of Young People Review by Linda Papadopoulos, we grant out children independence in cyberspace early, with 99% of eight to 17 year-olds having access to the internet, and 60% of 12 to 15 year-olds saying that they mainly use it on their own.  Worryingly, Papadopoulos found that almost half of children say their parents set no rules for internet use.

One of the problems with the fast-moving pace of technological change is that teenagers tend to be at least one step ahead of their parents. Even if parents do switch filters on (and many don’t bother or don’t know how to), older kids who want to get round them usually can. In their report “The Secret Online Lives of Teens”, McAfee and Harris Interactive found that more than six in ten teens say they know how to conceal what they do online from their parents. Nearly a third of teenagers clear the browser history before logging off and one in six has created secret social networking profiles or email addresses.

We wouldn’t dream of letting our children walk around an unfamiliar city on their own. However, if we allow them to navigate the internet alone, we are opening the door to a virtual world where our own map-reading skills are flawed. Once the cyber door is opened it can be difficult to close, and we are not able to accompany our children once they have passed through. It’s not like with television where we can check the schedules and know what programmes our child will be watching. With the internet, as Tanith Carey points out in her book Where Has My Little Girl Gone? (20011, Lion Hudson), a child “can travel into whatever realms (he or) she likes.” The internet becomes a “lawless private world where adults have no place.”

Internet security measures and filters are very important but to successfully protect our children online, we need to keep the conversation going, not abandon them to technology because it gives us a bit of peace and quiet. In fact, the more involved we are with our children’s computer use, the better.

One decision that can make a huge difference is whether to let your child have a computer in his/her room. Tanith Carey recommends parents insist that the computer their child uses is in a public place in the home, where it can be seen and shared by the whole family. While this isn’t fail-safe, it reduces the chance that your child will be tempted to browse for something unsuitable, knowing that you might walk past at any minute.

Younger children are likely to be pleased and excited to have a parent surfing along with them to start with. A good first step is to help them find a selection of sites they like and create a favourites list. As most under-tens are usually happy to stick with what they know, ask them to just access sites in that favourites list when they use the computer on their own.

When kids want to look further afield, give them kids’ search engines to use. Google and Yahoo are incredible resources, but the access they give to children is just too much. Kidsclick, Ask Jeeves for Kids and Looksmart kids are better alternatives. They are written in simple language and are easy to negotiate. Plus if children try the 21st century equivalent of looking up rude words in a dictionary, no sexual or pornographic content will come up, even if they try searching for it.

YouTube is another amazing resource and can be educational as well as amusing and entertaining. However, be aware that the videos that appear as suggestions on the right-hand-side of the screen can quickly steer into nasty territory. For example, Tanith Carey mentions the “funny animal videos that teen girls love can quickly divert into subject areas that are more disturbing.” Take a few minutes to switch on the YouTube safety mode at the very bottom of the webpage.

As parents we need to teach our children a healthy scepticism, namely that information on the web is not always reliable and should not be taken at face value. We can do this by helping our children question what they see online. Ask them to work out who created a site and what is its purpose. Is it based on opinion or fact? Is it to educate, to entertain or to sell? When you’re using the internet, share the experience with your children. Obviously, be sure you pick appropriate websites, but next time you’re looking for a deal on the cost of posting USA parcels, or you want to get the best price for a train ticket, for example, show how you navigate the site, where the adverts are and so on.

Furthermore, it’s important to stress that not all websites are the same. “While they are still young,” says Tanith Carey, “most girls don’t want to come across scary or explicit material.” A good way of explaining it is to say that just as films have an age guidance rating, there are also websites which are not suitable for children. If your child does come across unpleasant material, your reaction is important. To keep communication channels open and to avoid future secrecy, don’t make your child feel like they are to blame; thank them for telling you.

The main message is to combine internet safety systems, and your own interest and knowledge with good, open communication. That way you can avoid losing your kids in cyber space.

On Online Security Guide you get tips and tricks on how to get the most out of Online Security.
Kids Next Scam Target Through Games (image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/radiofree/3602149122/)

Kids Next Scam Target Through Games (image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/radiofree/3602149122/)

A number of educational online games for pre-schoolers has been found having malicious trojans in them.

Catalin Cosoi, head of online-threats lab for BitDefender, spotted more than a half-dozen infected children’s games on Chinese websites.

The trojans are injected into the Flash-based games code. And with it it is possible for the Phishers to infect computers and personal information may be at risk.

Source: http://www.securitynewsdaily.com/

Online Threats to Children

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A study conducted in 1999 says that around one of every four minors (15 years old and older) had unintentional exposure to explicit images on the net*.   At around 2003, a 90% increase was seen in kids aged 8-16 who had viewed pornography sites**.

These numbers represent a minor percentage of the imminent threats that sprout from unsupervised online activity by our young.  Phishing, exposure to explicit online content, identity theft, and others comprise the other risks arising from a child’s lack of internet guidance.

With our knowledge of these threats and its possible effects, ensuring our child’s online protection seems to be aloof.  A resource as vast as the internet cannot be deprived from our kids, as it also has great potential in rearing their intellectual prowess.

Options are available to parents to avoid these hazards. Coaching your child is a good tactic against such perils.  Reminding them about being discreet about their identity and not disclosing important information online makes a difference in this aspect.  But is this enough to give you peace of mind?

The best way to take care of the situation would be to manage the information that our children access online. A reliable way to manage their online activity is to explore the use of a parental control software.  These generally work as your own security measure against online risks and threats.

An excellent start is installing the Safe4kidz parental control software.  Safe4kidz is an online protection wizard targeted towards protecting kids aged 4-12 years of old, as they are more vulnerable to online hazards.  This software constricts harmful sites, while allowing you the flexibility to manage the beneficial sites for your children.   Other features include:

  • One stop installation. Requires a 1-stop installation process and lets you manage all PCs from one location.
  • Website protection. Lets you block social applications you don’t want your child to use and includes protection from use proxy servers.
  • Online Safety. Encrypted and prevents software uninstallation, blocks credit card entry, and has the ability to block online shopping.
  • Reports. Sets access times for websites and provides reports for activity logs.

These are just simple steps to protect your child from unwanted online content and harmful sites.  Let your guidance steer your child to a safer, more secure online activity.

For more information on Safe4Kiz and other suggestions on internet protection for your children, please visit http://www.softwarecasa.com/safe4kidz.html

*.(Finkelhor, Mitchell, and Wolak, Online Victimization, p. 13-14.)

** (“Pornography Statistics 2003,” Internet Filter Review, 2004, <http://www.internetfilterreview.com/internet-pornography-statistics.html>, (12 January 2004)