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How to Protect Your Child From Internet Predators

How to Protect Your Child From Internet Predators

November 20, 2020Cyber Security

You have heard about all the potential dangers that internet predators can do to your child. They include blackmailing, cyberbullying, and exposing your child to identity theft and physical harm. These dangers can also affect your child’s overall development and confidence level in real life. So, you must be wondering how to protect your child from internet predators but at the same time still maintain your good relationship with them. Here I will outline 3 simple approaches you can consider taking.

Keep Current With Technologies

The first step is keeping current with today’s technology. You don’t have to be an expert, but know enough about the current trends and things that most kids use or talk about. You can either ask your kids about it, talk to other parents, or do your research. You will quickly discover that most kids spend a considerable amount of time in social networking sites (FaceBook, MySpace, Twitter), chat rooms, online games space to name a few. Knowing what your child “engaged in” will give you ideas on how to protect your child from internet predators better. Kids today have more technical skills than most parents, but they lack judgment.

Keep Communicating With Your Children

The next approach is to have open and regular communication with your child. Don’t just talk about boring topics like school homework or how did they score in their maths exam. Also talk about some interesting topics like celebrity gossip, current events, pop culture references, and anything else that is on the news. Even if you know some of your child’s friends and you encourage them to talk to you, don’t invite them to join your bogus group to “talk” to strangers!

Protect Your Child From Internet Predators

Finally, this is a more tricky approach as it requires you to have some suspicions about your child’s online friend list. You may receive some scary possibilities from them like someone threatening their life or even them showing you some really disturbing pictures. Don’t jump the gun on them by claiming that you know every single person on that list, don’t tell them that you suspect them, don’t send them emails with subjects indicating that you are Counselling or in need of support, (how many times have you received emails like that?), and don’t click on any links on the pages. Just take a minute to read the email address and the link address? If you think that your child needs to see a link, then take 5 seconds and do it. If you don’t know the person on the other end, then ask them to repeat the email address for you. Easy enough to do in a quick tone, and with your child following you (leaning on your back to shield you) you’ll be able to verify the contents of the email. If you’re not sure, then ask them to repeat it for you using the help of the auto-responder feature available on most email clients.

Keep Members Of Your Child’s Email Address AwareThat’s right, make sure that you and your child keep each other aware of new isolated members of your child’s email address. If they are on the verge of blocking correct contact on the email manage they should be made aware of it. Additionally, you should monitor your child’s emails continuously. If they seem to be accepting emails from strangers, then do not add them to your child’s contact list. This is the part that most kids find difficult to do on their own. Most kids sitting in front of their computers are used to adult supervision and direction. It comes as a surprise to them that they can also be scammed and abused without any supervision whatsoever. Kids should be aware that they should never reply to anyone that they do not personally know and trust.

Panel Discussion And Solutions

IDS is growing in popularity and challenges are increasing. The Internet has revolutionized the areas of business and entertainment. With the Internet and the various social networking sites comes major risks that have to do with your children and the information that you send them. Social networking sites have incorporated security features to protect your children from online attacks. However, security and privacy have become the major challenges as non-compliant with the current standards, the risk for abuse increases exponentially.

The use of credit cards for online transactions poses an even greater risk that can lead to identity theft. The risk can also increase if your child uses the cards for transactions online that involves a credit card. Before you know it, the credit card information stolen can be used for unauthorized transactions. This, of course, can also ruin your credit and leave you with the consequences.

As the Internet has become indispensable to the way we work, we have created new documents and files. These include software programs, including pirated software. This illegal software often comes with spyware and keyloggers. These can steal information from your computer, especially debt collection statements and bank account information.

 

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