Children and the Internet


[music playing]>>Female Speaker: In today’s
world, if you have children, chances are they’ve
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
don’t even know? If so, they’ve got to go. Does your child post
things they shouldn’t? 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 won’t collect and
share personal information, let your kids spend real
money, or do other things you wouldn’t want them to. Eliminate all sexting. That is sending, forwarding,
or even saving sexually explicit photos, videos,
or messages from a mobile device. Sexting can do more than
risk your child’s 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. [music ends]

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