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Internet Security Tips and Information

or trying to bring harm to them, there are still those out there who might try. The following is
an article that contains tips on how you can provide online safety for your children.
l You can purchase online tools for added internet security. These contain features that
allow you to control your child's access to adult material. Some ISPs also contain parent-control
options that block some types of material. In addition, you can purchase programs that block
access to sites that is based on a list that your ISP makes.
l You can also purchase filtering programs that restrict personal information from
being sent online. This is particularly helpful in protecting your financial and personal
information.
l Install a program that lets you set a time limit on how long your child can stay online.
This way, you can ensure that they are not spending a large amount of time on the internet.
However, they will still be able to use office programs for school.
l If your child has a Myspace of Facebook account, get one as well and befriend them
in order to monitor their use. Only intervene if there is a safety concern in order to give them
more privacy.
l Don't let your child participate in chat rooms. Some ISPs offer programs that block chat
rooms. Sometimes people enter chat rooms designed for children and teens and pretend to be
one themselves.
l If you're aware of any child pornography contact the National Center for Missing
and Exploited Children. If your child receives pornography, contact your local law
enforcement office.
l Talk to your child about their screen name creation. A screen name should be neutral
and should not reveal any of the child's personal information such as their name or age.
l Talk to your child about posting personal information like their address, age, and full
name on social utility sites. When they create an account, have them make it private to
ensure that only people they know can access it.
l Continuously monitor your credit cards and banking account in order to be aware of
any unusual activity. Talk to your child if you become aware of something different on the
account. Then, talk to your credit card company or bank.
Cyber Bullying- Another Aspect of Breaking Internet Security
When you think of Internet security, you are probably thinking of protecting your personal and
financial information. However, there are other types of internet security breeches. One type is
cyber bullying.
A phrase that is becoming more and more prevalent in the world wide web, cyber bullying can
be very invasive and emotionally upsetting to children, teens, and even adults. It's difficult to
control because in many cases the perpetrator is known but can not be proven. How? Because
they will give just enough information to let their victim know who they are, but not enough
information to actually be convicted of anything. They can do this by using pretend user names,
fake pictures, and revealing very little information about themselves.
So what types of things happen with cyber bullying?
l Threats- a lot of times, a cyber bully will make threats. These can be thinly veiled or
outright vicious.
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