Web Safety Tips for Teens and Kids Online
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Web Safety Tips for Teens and Kids Online
If you’re reading this right now, my intuition tells me that there’s a 100% chance that you use the internet. I’m so smart! Lol!
Thanks for visiting us today and checking out this blog post for helping kids and teens to safely navigate the big bad (but usually awesome) world wide web!
Since you're already, today we are going to talk to you about internet safety. Wait a minute, okay, before you roll your eyes and say – my mum already told me about internet safety already, or my tennis coach already explained the dangers of leaving information on the internet.
“Just hear me out, alright?”
Now, we spend a LOT of time on the internet, and here at ChatRooms.org.au, we give pretty awesome advice, I’m sure you’ll agree!’
So, today we are giving you the top 4 things you absolutely need to know about internet safety! Ready?
The internet is forever.......
Jokes aside, anything you put on the internet no matter how long ago it was posted, could be there until you have grandchildren of your own some day in the future. And these grandchildren WILL be Googling you, that is, if Google is even still a thing in a few years – but you get my meaning, yes?
So, what do you do? Start by Googling your name, phone number, address, just to find out what’s really floating around out there.
Plus, if you’re on social media, who isn’t, make sure you use the strictest security settings.
- Never put personal information online
Did you know, 73% of teens and 68% of young adults are on social networking sites. Of those, about 50% make the mistake of posting their personal details online! Emails, address, phone numbers – DON'T DO THAT.
If you do, it leaves you vulnerable for attacks, cyber bullying, or just weird folks who might want to take advantage of you. Do yourself a favor, ask a trusted friend what private information they can see on your social media profiles. If you’re not happy with what they find – remove it!
Don’t forget about smart phone safety
In this era of smart phones, cyber safety needs to extend to your phone too, especially when it comes to text safety.
Remember how your parents warned you about excepting car rides from strangers? Well, don’t except phone calls or texts from strangers either. Only answer texts and calls from your contact list.
Handle hacking intelligently
Part of being a member of the world wide web is being aware that no matter how careful you are, your account may still get hacked.
Getting hacked is just awful, but it isn’t the end of the world. There are a few important things to do if you’ve been hacked to ensure your online safety. A. Change your password, and make the new one secure, make it unpredictable.
Did you know, the word “password” was the most used password in 2012, followed by, “123456” Really?
If you’re going to go after all out online safety, and yes you should, check and see if your email provider provides 2-step verification – this makes it much harder for hackers to crack your password. B. Check your inbox and notify your contacts that you’ve been hacked!’
Check your sent box and let any effected people know that you’ve been spammed. Especially if your account sent out a phishing link, your contacts and friends deserve to know.
C. Do a sweep of your computer with antivirus software. Odds are, not only did you send something nasty to your friends unknowingly, but you may also have something nasty lurking in the recesses of your hard drive.
D. Back up your files. If there’s a virus that your computer doesn’t catch, you don’t want to lose everything. Granted, backing up your files is a pain in the butt, but you’ll be glad you did it for peace of mind! Invest in a cheap portable hard drive and keep it somewhere safe. Or go one step further and move your important files to the Cloud.
To recap on today’s article, remember these important points:
Anything you put on the internet will be there for a very long time. Believe me. I have thought a lot about this!
Your personal information should not be visible to everybody.
Do not except phone calls or text messages from strangers and unknown incoming calls to your smart phone.
If you’re hacked, change your password, check that sent box and clean off that hard drive ASAP!
The internet is a very cool place for a lot of reasons! But always remember to cover your bases and practice web safety tips on the internet.
By applying these simple tips can help you stay one step ahead of the game so you can continue surfing the internet without the risks or hidden dangers.