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Internet Security for Teens- What You Need to Do
Everyday you hear about teens being attacked or compromised by people who take
advantage of them by using the internet. For a parent, this can be a frightening concept.
However, there are measures that you can take to protect your teens on the internet. The
following is a list of tips to help ensure internet security for your teens.
1. Talk to your teen. First, make sure that you talk to your teens about internet security.
Having good communication is always the most effective preventive measure. After all, you
can put security features on your computer at home, but teens have access to computers
almost everywhere they go. Make sure that your teen understands the dangers associated
conversing with people they don't know on the internet, meeting people off of the internet, and
using their financial information to purchase something online.
2. Be aware. There are thousands of chat rooms, message boards, and forums out there for
teens. As a result, there are thousands of people out there who pretend to be teens in order to
converse with them. This is a dangerous situation. When your teen is at home, monitor their
internet use without being too overbearing. Know what chat rooms they use, what people they
converse with on a daily basis, and ask to be able to access their facebook and myspace
pages. Let them know that if they are going to have a computer in their room you have the
right to look at their internet usage from time to time.
3. Report any suspicious behavior. If your teen tells you that someone on the internet wants
to meet them, do some investigating yourself on this person. Likewise, if your teen tells you
that they are troubled by someone who is contacting them on the internet then report this
person to the police. It is better to be safe than sorry.
4. Don't let cyber bullying go unnoticed. Cyber bullying is a very real threat to internet
security, as well as physical and emotional well-being to teens. If your teen is being cyber
bullied then report the offenders to that website that it is occurring on and then let the school
know as well. More and more organizations and websites are taking this seriously this days.
On facebook, if you block someone now, it actually asks you if it was due to cyber bullying.
Parental Control Software
Lets face it life keeps us to busy to be able to monitor our
children’s internet activity completely. And as much as we would like to believe our children
our being honest with us it’s highly likely they are not. The harsh reality is our children know
more about technology then we do and can easily hide their activity from us. If you want the
piece of mind of knowing your children our safe invest in Parental Control Software. There are
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