Rule #1 for Internet Safety.
Never publish anything online that you don’t want the public to see.
Even on websites with the most stringent security measures in place,
including major banking web sites, someone who knows what they are doing
CAN access anything you publish online.
Therefore if you don’t want people to know where you live – don’t post
That is why we don’t ask you to provide your address details on any
Cyber Bullies will not be tolerated at Mikode.
We have a policy here – it is very simple – BE KIND TO EACH OTHER.
Here are some tips to avoiding becoming a target of cyber predators:
- Allowing Location Access on Your Cell Phone.
- Sharing Accounts or Passwords.
- Not Following Age Restrictions
- Accepting Friend Requests From Strangers.
- Sharing Private Information.
- Pretending To Be Someone Else.
- Not Using Privacy Settings on Social Networks.
- Believe you are Anonymous.
Keeping Your Computer Safe Online.
It is imperative that your computer is protected by an Internet Security Program.
It has been established that an unprotected computer is compromised within 30 seconds of online activity.
There are many programs to choose from; we use and recommend Trend Micro Internet Security – for effectiveness and ease of use.
Parental Control Online.
We dislike the term “Parental Control” as much as the children do.
Parental supervision/communication sounds much better to us.
By setting your Internet Security program to restrict your children to only view certain websites – in our opinion, you are asking for trouble.
Children restricted in such a way will just become sneaky and seek out other options, to view what they want online.
And there are so many options today, like their friends mobile/ipad/kindle, etc on the school bus etc.
Parental Spying on children Online.
Many well intentioned parents set their Internet Security Program to track their children’s browsing activity.
That way they can check every online location their child accesses during their browsing activity.
The problem with that system is, in practice, what parent has the time to check their childs browsing activity.
If the child was online for two hours, the parent has to spend two hours checking that activity.
No parent can keep that up consistently. Besides finding out where your child has been, is not much use
if the damage has already been done.
So What is the best solution for parents who are concerned for their children’s safety online?
- Establishing Mutual Trust and open discussion.
Talk to your children, explain to them that you are stressing out about their online safety.
Give them the reasons why – explain to them honestly why you are concerned.
Get your child’s feedback – do they understand and agree with your concerns?
If they don’t – get their reasons and assess those reasons openly with your children.
If they state that they understand your concerns – appreciate that you are concerned for them
but that they know more about the internet than you do [and they might] – so please butt out, you should trust me,
I want unregulated freedom and privacy online to chat with my friends – my friends don’t have their Mum/Dad looking over their shoulders.
Predator? I can handle it. It’s my business etc., etc.,.
- It may be time to make a condition.
Point out to your children that their internet activity can affect the whole family NOT JUST THEM.
For that reason you are going to make a condition to safe guard all.
If they ever want to sign up for any application online including but not limited to: mobile apps, games, chat clubs, social sites; like facebook, twitter etc.
They must do so under your supervision, and they have to promise never to give out their phone numbers or home address.
Make sure to take note of their user names and passwords – don’t do this in secret – if you show some enthusiasm for what they are doing they may openly discuss their
interaction with the sites they join. They may even invite you to join in on their online fun. Then again they may feel you are intruding on their space – in that case give them privacy.
As some sites insist on an address consider getting a post box address if you don’t already have one and let them use that as their address.
Tell them that if they don’t comply to these conditions and you find any personal information on Google about them, you will password the computer and they will not be able to use the computer
at all – end of story – put your foot down on this one.
Computers and the internet should bring families closer together – not tear them apart. There is so much interesting information online, creating stimulating topics to discuss with the rest of the family.
Safe Money Transaction Online.
Make sure to never give your credit card details online if the website does not have https:// in the address bar.
For the safest money transactions online both for making or accepting online payments we generally recommend to join PayPal, as we feel this is the most secure option available online. Registering an account is free. Once your account is registered, you can add to your security by purchasing a security key, cost under $10 includes postage.