Tuesday, April 17, 2018

How to keep your kids safe Online

How to keep your kids safe Online-NWoBS Blog

The internet is an excellent resource for children and can make learning much more accessible than trawling through books. 
As a leisure activity, they can also have more than enough to keep them occupied. It is unfortunate children can become threatened from many areas, so parents need to find the best ways to make sure their loved ones are protected and exposure to any online threats are minimized.
Here are areas where children often frequent and how best to reduce any threat.

  • YouTube and Adult Content

With a wrong search or content that is wrongly described can present inappropriate material to children. Although it is not the be-all and end-all of the security, YouTube does have a restricted mode which can be activated and will prevent this mature content from showing up in search results.

  • Social Media and What to Do

Either chatting with friends or scrolling through content which has been posted. Social media is one of the most popular area children visit. 
Here, children can be prone to cyberbullying and online predators who have created fake accounts and portray themselves as someone of the same age as your child. Although there are certain things you can enable or disable, it isn’t possible to block these threats unless you are aware of them. 
Net Nanny is one of the global leaders in Parental control software available. It can save lots of time locking down specific areas that parents who are unsure might miss.

Some Net Nanny Features:

  • Parental Controls
  • Internet Filter
  • Pornography Blocking
  • Time Management
  • Social Media Monitoring
  • Alert Reporting
This is one of the few software packages which can view inside social media platforms and send alerts when something appears not right. It also allows parents a full view of who is attempting to make personal contact with their children.

  • Securing Your Connection

A connection that is unsecured leaves children exposed. Online predators or hackers can take time to work their way into a child’s system or device. One way to prevent this in one simple go is by using the best VPN software. This has many advantages over all other forms of prevention. When using a VPN, your child’s connection from your ISP to any user who is attempting to locate them will not be visible. 
This is without a doubt the quickest and easiest way possible. Many of these providers have applications for all devices.
 If your child uses an Android or iPhone, they can be protected as if they were sat at home under a parent's watchful eye. Public hotspots are no longer the threat they were, and your child’s location is very much safeguarded.

  • Browsers and Extensions

The more prominent web browsers now feature safe browsing or incognito mode. You can also have child-friendly browsers which have built-in blocking. Aside from these, there are many browser extensions available which can prevent adverts, website tracking and many other forms of online threat. Although they are not a solution to the problem, they are an aid and will only get better over time.

  • Malware

When you look at all the above, there is one method which in a way can be a solution. A good VPN can negate many threats and can work alone. All the other methods still leave vulnerabilities, especially when malware is concerned. 
This in most ways, is installed when an unsuspecting user clicks on something or installs software. This runs in the background without many users knowing. More new Antivirus packages prevent malicious code from running or even being installed.



Summary

To make sure your kids are safe online can take quite a bit of effort. There is not one method which covers all areas and makes them fully secure. It is advisable to consider a VPN first and back it up with the above options. 
An up to date Antivirus package is a necessity, and depending on the age of your child, Parental control software can take care of many other threats.
One final area which can go a long way in making sure your children are safe is their education. If they are old enough to know how to use the technology, they are at an age where they can be told of the threats they face.
Parents should sit down with their children and explain the dangers, especially when using social media. Online predators are well known for pretending to be kids themselves to make their approach. Children should refrain from posting too much sensitive information regarding where they live or contact numbers. 
When it comes to location, the wise choice of using a VPN service will make sure these predators have no idea where your children are situated.
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Author Bio: 
Barry Evans is security and privacy expert with over 20 years’ experience in the IT industry.

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