Children and the Internet

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>>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.


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.

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