Internet Knowldege For Kids
Internet is an interesting place for parents who want the best for their children, even at the youngest age, as the knowledge gained through it has the potential to strengthen learning. But along with rewards comes risks, and there are many things that children need to understand before going online.
There are lot of stuff that parents can teach kids about the internet in an age fitting way. Here are the top things we recommend every child should know before they go online.
Ensure your computer is running anti-malware protection
Spyware, malware, and viruses that not only slow the computer down, but puts your personal data at risk, so always ensure each computer in the home is running an anti-malware protection.Phishing attacks can happen anytime you click on the wrong link in an email or mistype a web address. Kids are unaware of these stuff so security vendors offer good security packages which ensure protection from various online attacks.
Focus on content
With the random ads popping in the sidebar, it is obvious the kids might be tempted to click on them. However it might lead them to sites that are not appropriate for them. The best way to tackle this issue is make them aware what might happen if they click on it. Do let them know they will not be in trouble and they should come up to you and seek help.
Befriend only those you know in real life
Kids of all ages should treat online individuals like strangers, since you never know who might be hiding behind an avatar and the username. Just like you have taught them not to reveal their name or home address to a stranger, it’s important for them to know the importance of creating a username that share any personal information that could give away where they live.
Keep your passwords to yourself
Though we often ask our kids to share, passwords should not be shared with friends. Instruct your child about the fact that giving their friends the passwords opens the door to their account being risked. You never know when a broken friendship may make someone want to take out their hurt feelings on you.
Beware of tempting offers for free items
It is so thrilling to think about winning the laptop, or iPad but these offers are almost always too good to be true. These offers for “free” products usually require giving out important amounts of personal information and require a purchase before you get the “free” item – assuming the item ever shows up at all. Kids should use their common sense and be very doubtful of any “wonderful offers.”
Parents should not be scared of letting their children be online especially if there is an open communication that starts at a young age about the advantages and downsides of using the internet.
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by techtalks @TechTalks March 4, 2015 10:22 AM UTC