Internet Safety for Kids: Prevention is More Important Than Cure

With the rise of internet use, smartphone or computer access become ubiquitous among youth. Risks of internet use like cyberbullying, sexual predation should be paid more attention. For parents, internet safety education is more important before any damage is done to kids.
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Kids Get Access to Internet More Easily Than Before

Source:Pew Research Center

In the 21st century, keep your kids safe online can be especially challenging since smartphone access has become more prevalent. According to Pew Research Center, 95% of teens can access to a cellphone, and 45% of teens online almost constantly, 44% of teens go online several time a day. Even younger kids can get access to internet in large numbers. Based on a study from the Center for Cyber Safety and Education, more than 60% of fourth to eighth kids can be exposed to cellphones or tablets, almost 50% of them have a computer at home.

All these statistics state that kids have more opportunities to explore and learn online. Meanwhile, more internet risks are coming on the way. Parents should have the internet safety talk and ways to control unwanted content as soon as kids are given a connected device.

What Kinds of Dangers that Your Kids Are Facing?

Internet give the rise of threats to personal safety

The growth of the internet makes digital communication become possible, which can allow people communicate with others through the internet, sometimes people can also contact with some malicious users who often use the internet for personal gain. Children are often the targets of these malicious users, parents should pay more attention to this. The most common threats to personal safety include below:

Cyberstalking

Cyberstalking is crime carried out over internet or other electronic devices where the attacker stalk or harass an individual, group, or organization.

Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place over digital devices including sending, or sharing harmful, negative, or mean content about someone.

Online Predation

Online predation is the act of using online chat rooms or internet forums to engage an underage minor into inappropriate sexual relationships.

Obscene/offensive Content

Forms of messages that contain offensive, distasteful, sexual, or explicit content that from various websites and often be not of user’s liking.

Sextortion

Sextortion is crime that occurs when someone forcing the victim to distribute their private material if not provide sexual images or video.

Personal information leaks become more common

Due to the convenience of internet and the popularity of social media, people leak their sensitive information, identity or passwords unconsciously. Unauthorized access and usage of private information may result in consequence such as identity theft, as well as theft of property. Common causes of information security breaches include:

Phishing

Phishing is a cybercrime that the scammers disguise as a trustworthy source try to get someone’s sensitive information.

Internet Scams

Internet scams are schemes that someone using internet services or software to defraud or take advantage of victims, typically for financial gain.

Malware

Malware, short for malicious software, is designed to get access to sensitive information such as password without the user's consent or knowledge.

Where should to pay attention to internet safety for teens

Social media plays a major role in your teen’s life, it’s where they can express themselves, connect with friends, and create and share new experiences. But it can also come with a whole host of issues (such as cyberbullying and predatory behaviors mentioned above). As a parent it is important to stay on top of your teen’s social media use.

According to NSPCC, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram are the most used methods to groom children. Now the NSPCC is calling on Government and social networks to develop technology already at their disposal to prevent grooming and bring in grooming alerts for victims and moderators.

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• Browser History Checking: Know what teens are browsing or searching online to understand them better. Get the browser history simultaneously. You can also track browser record under incognito mode.

• Block & Filter Web Content: Block or allow specific websites. And filter sites by 7+ inbuilt websites categories that include Adults, Drugs, Gambling, Tobacco, Violence, and other categories.

• Activity Report: View the device usage in a timeline form. Check which application or website is used or visited at what time. Get to know what your teens are up to in real-time.

• Track & Limit Screen Time: Track how much time teens spend on their Macs and set up a daily screen time usage limit to restrict their usage. Parents can also block the device remotely.

• Flexible Schedule Setting: Set up different schedules to block or allow certain apps for different occasions. Parents can choose to block game when it is study time.

• Overused or Inappropriate Applications Blocking: Check which application is used most by teens or if teens are using inappropriate apps, set up an advanced rule to block the apps or block it completely on the Mac.

• Multiplatform supported: Android, iOS, Fire OS, macOS, and Windows platform supported. It is never easier to keep track of children’s online behavior on one app.

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Insufficient awareness of safety education

Number of Participants Recommending This Age

Based on a data collection from BMC Public Health, 16 (20.8%) reported currently teaching internet safety, 51 (66.2%) had never taught it, and 4 (7.8%) had never taught it but planned to soon. Among clinicians, 3.6% regularly and 55% sometimes counseled patients on internet safety. One-third of clinicians (33.3%) had never counseled or taught patients about internet safety and a few clinicians (8.1%) had no experience with this but planned to begin soon. All parents reported discussing online safety with their children either sometimes (58.3%) or regularly (40.3%).

All groups selected parents as the primary candidate to teach internet safety. Among teachers, 97% ranked parents as their first-choice candidate, and 3% ranked teachers as first choice. Among clinicians 97% ranked parents as first choice candidate, and 3% ranked teachers as first choice. Among parents, 96% ranked themselves as first choice candidate, and 4% ranked teachers as first choice.

Tips parents should know for internet safety

Whatever their age, we can help you to find out more about what they might be doing online and give you practical advice on the steps you can take as a parent to keep them safe in their digital world.

FAQ about Internet Safety for kids

  • Insufficient safety awareness lead children not to think about the consequences of their actions, which can cause them to share too much information about themselves. Kids also are sometimes specifically targeted by cyberbullies or predators.

  • Yes, they should. Cyber safety education in school provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to stay safe in online environments.

  • Don't share personal information online, including your full name, address, phone number, and Social Security number. Don't use public Wi-Fi networks. Don't let anyone else use your phone, laptop, or tablet. Don't accept friend requests from strangers.

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