Friday, October 26, 2018

Top 10 ways of keeping kids safe online

Sophos is a security company in the UK that offers up some great security awareness content. Below is a list of ten short and simple tips to share with your children. For more information, see https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2014/02/11/safer-internet-day-dont-be-an-online-sheep-our-top-10-tips-help-you-think-before-you-act/.

  1. Limit your Facebook profile to your friends only.
  2. Accept online friend requests only from people you already know, and like, and trust.
  3. Only upload things you are happy for the whole world to see, including your parents, friends and even your enemies.
  4. Never give out your address or agree to meet in person someone you’ve “met” online.
  5. Set a password lock on your phone or any other device you use, and make sure it locks automatically when you aren’t using it.
  6. Don’t click on suspicious-looking links.
  7. Tell your friends in person if you receive unusual messages from them. (Someone could have stolen their passwords.)
  8. Always log out – don’t leave any account open when you go away from your computer, phone or other device.
  9. Don’t pick easy passwords – mix up letters, numbers and funny characters so other people can’t guess what you chose.
  10. If you see something upsetting, or dangerous, or dishonest, speak up! Tell a parent or a teacher.

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