Protect Your Child from Strangers

The proliferation of social media networks, chat rooms and picture/video sharing apps has is shrinking the already besieged online privacy for children and young adults. Parents are rightly worried more than ever before for their kid’s safety.  Online invasion of privacy is a relatively big concern in this era of global connectivity. Certainly, it is essential for children to learn how to relate to others, and they should be encouraged to do so. Talking to strangers, however, can be a different story. Although there is no way to know the real risk, the FBI warns that children whose Internet activity is not monitored are in greater danger of being exploited.

Online sexual exploitation of children is a grave violation of the right of children and respect for their human dignity. It could cause a physical and mental problem for a child for many years and includes unintentional exposure to pornography of children using the Internet.

That said, being a community with over a decade experience in online security, and an access to crime reports from top security agencies. There is some important cyber privacy and security tips you need to know to stay ahead of the criminal element on the internet. We recommend you teach to your kids and ensure they comply with it until they are wise enough to make their own decision.

  1. Keep the computer in a standard family room in the house, rather than in your child’s bedroom. Take an interest in the places your child is visiting and the people he/she is chatting with (some shady characters pose as children or teenagers in chat rooms to look less threatening).
  1. Advising him/her to never give out personal information (name, address, phone number, school name, etc.), agree to meet in person with someone him/her meet in a chat room or share photos.
  1. Encourage your child to introduce you to any new “friends” they meet online and tell them if they ever feel uncomfortable about the conversations that take place. Most importantly, talk to him about the dangers of interacting with strangers online and remind him that online people often do not tell the truth. We also highly recommend that parents maintain access to children’s online accounts and randomly check their e-mail.
  1. Set a particular time for your kid to access the internet. Never allow your little one to access the internet at random periods. There should be a set period for that.
  1. Finally, you can use the parental controls offered by your Internet service provider or by blocking and filtering software.

Why this may not be a fool proof strategy, it will help you and your family to stay safe 99% of the time if it fully implemented.