Protecting Your Kids Online

Desktop PC Youth“We all want the best for our children, including the ability to leverage technology. However, with technology come risks, risks that our children are often not aware of or prepared to deal with. As parents, it is our responsibility to ensure our children understand these risks and how to protect themselves. But this can be challenging, as we ourselves did not grow up in the same environment.” In this month’s SANS Ouch! newsletter, they explain the top three online threats to your children and how you can help them stay safe.

It discusses the top three threats to our kid’s safety while they use their computers on the Internet.

1. Strangers
2. Friends
3. Themselves

And it gives tips on how we can help them be safer. We’ve done articles on this subject before, but it’s an important issue that needs to be made as visible as possible.

Be very careful…it’s dangerous out there.

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Remember, personal computing is a blast…keep it productive and enjoyable.

Best regards,

Paul

paulsinternetsecurity(at)yahoo.com

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4 Comments

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4 responses to “Protecting Your Kids Online

  1. I agree with the top three threats, but believe they are in the exact opposite order. The number one threat to kids online is themselves, especially in using social media. While their friends can fuel the fire, the kids themselves usually start it by posting personal or private information that leaves them vulnerable to bullying, malware or heaven forbid, crime/stalking/attacks. If we think of releasing private data as a sort of virus itself, the child is always patient zero. The others are simply carriers who spread it, but can reinfect that original patient and wreak havoc on their online and real-space lives. You’re dead on, however, that education is the solution.

    • Mary,
      Thanks for your very good comment. I agree with your point of view, and hope all parents and teachers who’ve read the article will implement all of the points listed.
      Best,
      Paul

  2. Pingback: Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – April 14, 2013 | Bill Mullins' Weblog - Tech Thoughts

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