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Children and the Internet

Children and the Internet ampgtampgtFemale Speaker: In todays world, if you have children, chances are theyve been on the Internet. Have you had the talk with your kids? No, not that one, the one about being safe online.

Does your child have any social media friends on their list they dont even know? If so, theyve got to go. Does your child post things they shouldnt? Do they know those things can last forever, even if they delete them?

Encourage your kids to use privacy settings and to think twice before they share anything because they never know who will see it. Do they share too much information about their name, age, or location? Some things should stay in the family. Online gaming can be one way that sketchy folks try to get private information from your kids. So, be on guard.

Teach your kids about using strong passwords. They need a different one for every site, email address, and app they use. Use upper and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols with at least 10 to 12 characters.

A great way to create a strong but memorable password is to use a pass phrase. Just make sure not to use famous quotes, music lyrics, or certain personal information like birthdays or addresses because those will be easy to guess. And remind your children never to share their passwords with anyone, not even their best friend. Cyberbullying. Are your kids participating in it?

Are they victims of it? Help them recognize the signs and know they can report anything to you or another trusted adult. Get smart about smartphones. In addition to being able to access the Internet, some apps can do more than they probably should. GPS can be very helpful for finding your way around or finding your friends, but it can also allow others to find you.

Tell your kids to limit these features to avoid broadcasting their location to the world. Also check out apps before you download them to make sure they wont collect and share personal information, let your kids spend real money, or do other things you wouldnt want them to. Eliminate all sexting. That is sending, forwarding, or even saving sexually explicit photos, articles, or messages from a mobile device. Sexting can do more than risk your childs reputation and friendships it can even be illegal.

Last but not least, make Internet security a habit. Always use security software and firewalls, even on mobile devices. And keep your operating systems and apps up-to-date.

Teach your kids about phishing, malware, insecure Wi-Fi, and how to recognize secure websites. And remember, have the Internet safety talk with your child early and often. Children and the Internet ampgtampgtFemale Speaker: In todays world, if you have children, chances are theyve been on the Internet. Have you had the talk with your kids? No, not that one, the one about being safe online.

Does your child have any social media friends on their list they dont even know? If so, theyve got to go. Does your child post things they shouldnt? Do they know those things can last forever, even if they delete them? Encourage your kids to use privacy settings and to think twice before they share anything because they never know who will see it.

Do they share too much information about their name, age, or location? Some things should stay in the family. Online gaming can be one way that sketchy folks try to get private information from your kids. So, be on guard.

Teach your kids about using strong passwords. They need a different one for every site, email address, and app they use. Use upper and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols with at least 10 to 12 characters. A great way to create a strong but memorable password is to use a pass phrase.

Just make sure not to use famous quotes, music lyrics, or certain personal information like birthdays or addresses because those will be easy to guess. And remind your children never to share their passwords with anyone, not even their best friend. Cyberbullying. Are your kids participating in it? Are they victims of it?

Help them recognize the signs and know they can report anything to you or another trusted adult. Get smart about smartphones. In addition to being able to access the Internet, some apps can do more than they probably should.

GPS can be very helpful for finding your way around or finding your friends, but it can also allow others to find you. Tell your kids to limit these features to avoid broadcasting their location to the world. Also check out apps before you download them to make sure they wont collect and share personal information, let your kids spend real money, or do other things you wouldnt want them to. Eliminate all sexting. That is sending, forwarding, or even saving sexually explicit photos, articles, or messages from a mobile device.

Sexting can do more than risk your childs reputation and friendships it can even be illegal. Last but not least, make Internet security a habit. Always use security software and firewalls, even on mobile devices. And keep your operating systems and apps up-to-date.

Teach your kids about phishing, malware, insecure Wi-Fi, and how to recognize secure websites. And remember, have the Internet safety talk with your child early and often.

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