Videos For a Safer Online Experience
Computers are available at home, in classrooms, at their friends’ home and almost everywhere kids go. Children today are exposed to the internet and parents don’t have a choice than to go with the flow, allowing kids to surf the web even without supervision. However, since the internet is also home to different kinds of dangers – from computer viruses, to stalkers and identity theft, sexual predators to cyber bullies, it is important to arm children with information on how to keep themselves safe online.
1) Pop-ups, Internet spam and computer viruses – Pictures and videos may seem harmless, but if sent by malicious people, these files can create a whole lot of problems for your computers. Some simply steal e-mail addresses from your computer, but others crash the entire system completely. Learn about the dark side of the internet and how to identify these dangerous files and keep your computer clean.
2) Cyber Bullying – Bullying has made its way to the internet and it’s as harmful as face-to-face bullying. Reports of suicide over cyber bullying have increased over the years and many kids have been charged for these deaths. Parents of both the bully and victim can avoid any problems in the future if they know how to identify signs of cyber bullying.
3) Stalkers & Sexual Predators – Malicious people are online 24/7 and it’s almost impossible to know who they are. However, parents and kids can learn how to identify these people by studying the way they speak, how they interact online, and even what kinds of photos, files and physical gifts they send to kids. Parents also need to learn to determine signs of behavioral changes their kids go through when communicating with these people. Spotting these predators early can avoid personal meetings.
4) Keeping Safe Online – Kids must be aware of the dark side of the net and learn how to keep their computers safe. Once children are educated, it can be easier for parents to leave their kids unsupervised online without worrying about various threats that could attack the computer, or worse, their kids.
5) For Parents: Ensuring Your Kids’ Cyber Safety – Even if parents are not professional web surfers, they must learn how to keep their kids safe from online dangers while allowing children to take advantage of extensive information, games and other useful resources from the web. Basic internet safety, such as setting firewall, can prevent adult content, stalkers, sexual predators and computer viruses reach your kids.