Last Tuesday we went to the House of Illustration in Kings Cross, London for an event regarding online security with Norton.
Our kids are growing up in a technological age very different to ours as and as they grow and technology advances, risks come with the benefits and there is a growing need to keep them safe online.
Using fairytales with a modern twist we were advised the following:
Keeping Your Kids Safe Online
Secure the devices your children use with filters and parental controls – these features allow you to prevent them accessing inappropriate websites, monitor which sites your children visit and limit the amount of time they spend online, even when you aren’t around. The controls also limit any information you don’t want your child sharing, whether it be their name, age, phone number, or any other private information. You should turn on all the filtering and security features in your computer’s search engine to prevent your child from inadvertently arriving at an adult or other inappropriate site as they do their homework.
Make sure you show your child how to close a browser window and let them know it’s always OK to close a site if something surprising or disturbing occurs. Set high security settings with browsers, membership, and social networking sites.
Supervise their time online. Tell them never to chat, type messages, or share information with anyone on these sites unless you are with them.
Review the sites your child visits; don’t be afraid to discuss and possibly restrict sites that offend or concern you.
Foster open communication and teach your children to tell a parent, teacher, or trusted adult if they feel uncomfortable about anything they’ve seen on a computer.
It wasn’t all about the kids. I took away some handy hints too:
If it’s connected, it must be protected!
Today we connect to the Intenet loads of different ways, whether it’s with a laptop, tablet or even a watch. Anything that connects to the Intenet must be protected, regardless of the kind of device it is.
Make sure your mobile is fully protected
Mobiles have changed how we communicate and access the intenet but they also bring with them new threats in the form of lost or stolen devices. In fact, mobile is the fastest growing target for cybercriminals.
To protect yourself and your family, make sure your smartphones or tablets require a password and ensure your devices are protected against theft, loss and cybercrime.
You’re only as secure as your password
Your online accounts are only as secure as the username and password that protect them. Set a recurring reminder to regularly change password for all accounts.
Never share your password! Talk with your children about protecting private information (name, phone number, etc.) and teach them to never to share passwords (except with you).
Use passwords on all your accounts and devices
Use a strong password (unique and complex) on all your family’s accounts and devices. The two most important account passwords are for your social network and your email account. Weak passwords are easy to guess. They might be easy for you to remember, but they are also easy for cybercriminals to guess – locking your smartphone with 1111 isn’t safe! Make sure that each one contains at least eight characters and avoid easy-to-guess passwords such as “password”, “123456” or “qwerty”.
The event was fun for the kids and educational for the adults. It demonstrated the need to keep up to date with technology; just because we are older doesn’t mean we have to be luddites!
I’ll soon be getting a copy of Norton Family to use on my devices and I’ll be sure to write a review on how good/restrictive it turns out to be.