Online Safety Tips: Send Kids Back to School with Cyber Security

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Protect your tech and your family with the right cyber security. The Safety Mom Alison Rhodes shares tips to educate you and your children about online dangers, parental controls and using security software to prevent phishing and other threats.

Transcript Children are learning about technology and using the internet at a younger age than ever. So parents must ensure their kids are aware of online dangers. The first step in online safety is education. Educate your kids and yourself about the reality of online dangers and cybercriminals. Teach your kids the importance of not sharing too much personal information on the internet and follow these tips to limit the risk of identity theft for you and your family: 1. Set ground rules for how much your kids are allowed to spend online and which social media services they can use. Sites like Facebook and Twitter encourage users to share a lot of personal information. And these places are popular targets for cybercriminals. 2. Teach your kids to value their privacy and protect information like email addresses, home addresses, and phone numbers. So now that you've established ground rules with your kids, you can further strengthen your family's online security by following a few easy tips for computers and tablets. 1. Enable parental control features in your operating system. These will allow you to set appropriate times when your kids can use the internet. 2. Install an internet security software with parental control features. It will allow you to show only the nice side of the internet by blocking entire categories such as gambling or pornography as well as specific websites. If your kids are click-happy, you want to protect them from accidentally downloading something that could infect your computer. Remember this funny word-- phishing. It's a term for any attempts to acquire sensitive, personal information in order to steal money or transmit malicious software such as Trojans and viruses. What's worse, these phishing sites and emails look exactly like the original site. So it's hard to tell them apart. To help guard you against that, consider installing antivirus software with anti-phishing capabilities like this one. It'll help block a bad page if you accidentally click on it, insuring you don't create a bigger issue for your family and your computer. Here a couple more internet safety tips: 1. Never click on suspicious links. 2. If you don't trust a link, hover or hold your mouse cursor over the link without clicking to preview the link destination. 3. If it doesn't look like the appropriate web address, don't click. Consider using additional software to enhance and customize protection on your computer. We live our lives online and safety on the internet is more important than ever.
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    Alison Rhodes Child Safety Expert Alison Rhodes, The Safety Mom, has exploded onto the national scene as the preeminent voice on safety, wellness and healthy living. From environmental toxins and healthy eating to sports injuries and cyber bullying, The Safety Mom is always on the lookout for the issues facing children–newborns to teens–as well as the entire family. more about this expert »

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