Let’s face it – kids don’t like to ‘friend’ their parents for fear that they would then have to curb their freedom of speech with friends and peers. However, cyber stalkers and predators are a real concern for parents and an issue that needs to be addressed.
Here is an interesting video from The Wall Street Journal which gives you a suggestion of how you can protect your children and let them keep their privacy as well. Read the article on The Wall Street Journal
Just yesterday we were out and I noticed a young girl
walking on the sidewalk talking on the phone. A car was behind her and she
stepped off the curb to walk on the road and she never once looked back! Numerous
times, I have seen young boys and girls using their smart phones while walking
down the street. Some even have headphones and are listening to music at the
same time! However, this idiocy is not relegated to the youth only. It seems
that even adults these days can’t refrain from using their smart phones while
This lack of awareness stuns and frightens me. Unless you have
been professionally trained, it is impossible to be aware of your surroundings
and use your smart phone at the same time! At this point in society I think
this is a case of Monkey See, Monkey Do. Children see their parents or other
adults using their technology and so they also feel that they can’t live
without it either. This kind of technology addiction needs to be acknowledged
and confronted. Children and their parents NEED to sit down and talk about
safety first. An open dialogue between adults and kids could lead the way to
everyone realizing what a hold this technology has on us these days. It would
then also force us to come up with reasonable solutions to the issues of commonsense
and safety in the real world.
Just read this great article in the Globe and Mail - that talks about how even though we may not be large corporations like Sony, Citigroup or the FBI we are all susceptible to hackers online. Part of the issue is that hackers come in different forms and are often sight unseen so it is very hard to spot a hacker.
A hacker could attach a key logging software to something as innocent as a downloadable children’s game and this helps them track the information the user types and also collect user names and passwords. Since our entire lives now seem to be on the Internet we cannot stop using it and neither are we immune to these hackers so here are some tips.
Limit information posted on social networking sites such as FB, twitter and even programs like Foursquare. The only people who care where you are every minute of the day are predators, hackers and thieves!
Make sure your anti-virus software is up to date and constantly updating. Word to the wise porn websites and some video downloading websites are LOADED with viruses!
Make sure you uses different passwords for any internet usage and be sure to change them regularly. If you ar elike me and cannot remember more that 3 there are free Password managers out there such as LastPass that will help you generate and remember random passwords.
As mentioned in a previous post - Do Not Click on pop ups or Internet offers that offer you the latest products on the market. These are usually scams and simply a way for hackers and predators to collect information about potential victims.
Some experts even suggest that you donn’t click on links within emails no matter who the person who sent it to you is.
If possible do not use the same computer to pay bills online as well as play computer games or download videos. Part of the problem is that hackers use these innocuous ways to get their software onto your system to track you.
Even with all these safeguards in place there use your common sense online and trust your instincts. Everything on the internet is not true and people need to be aware that there are predators online patiently waiting for their potential victims to play into their hands.
Internet safety is a huge issue nowadays specially in the light of predators and al kinds of crazies online. For you parents out there and even some adults who aren’t sure what information you should and should post online – this site is for you. This comprehensive site uses videos and interactive games to stress the importance of internet safety. It also has a real life section where teens have shared their own stories about online victimization.
Some of topics covered are gaming, social networking, chat rooms, predators, cyberbullying and what information should and shouldn’t be posted on the internet.