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Tuesday, February 11th is Safer Internet Day. Safer Internet Day aims to promote a responsible, respectful, critical and creative use of digital technologies, especially among children and young people, and to call on all stakeholders to play their part in creating a better internet.
In a time when all humans are susceptible to online predators and unsafe internet practices, children are especially vulnerable. It is imperative that we as technology providers do what we can to keep the internet a safe space for kids and adults alike.
How can you keep your internet as a resource instead of a danger? Below are some of nVision’s best practices to make your online environment a place for fun rather than fear.
Educate yourself and the kiddos of the house on the dangers lurking on the internet. Learn the dangers including befriending strangers, giving out personal information and other personal identifiable triggers. Teach children how to make purchases, the dangers of downloading images, music or other files from insecure websites (look for lock symbol in the domain). Ensure to discuss not-so-obvious dangers such as cyberbullying, negative images or articles, and more and how to react or behave when they see such commentary.
Set Time Limits
Setting internet time limits important to children, but for adults as well. Studies show that excessive screen time can lead to depression, anxiety and other social disorders. Using internet limitations teaches users how to use the internet safely and proactively. Pediatricians suggest no more than two hours of screen time daily for school-aged children. And while there is no official time limit recommendation for adults, a 2018 study published by the University of Pennsylvania showed that reducing internet use by 30 minutes per day may lead to significant improvement in well-being.
Safe browsing and ISP Control
Parents and the like can ensure safe surfing by enabling their Content Adviser on their browser’s to avoid nudity, foul language, sex and violence. This will help kiddos from landing on pages that their little eyes shouldn’t be seeing. Limiting content for adults will also help to avoid landing on any sketchy sites.
Responsible Social Networking
Everyone should learn responsible social networking as a safe internet practice. Not only is cyber-bullying and trolling a real conversation, it is an epidemic that people of all ages should be aware of. Teach kids how to chat responsibly with friends, classmates and adults and ensure that this behavior is modeled. Keep you and your child’s privacy settings tight and remember, everything posted on the internet is forever – whether you delete it or not.
Oversharing can also be a dangerous online activity, leaving you susceptible to much more than internet predators. Sharing too much information can trigger home invasions when humble-bragging vacations, large purchases and other costly items. If you need to post it, be aware of your surroundings, as well as who and what is in the photo.
Password protection is a no-brainer but starting young and knowing the right combination is key to being safe on the internet. Knowing your kids’ passwords until an age where you feel comfortable to their internet usage, will also help to ensure your child is using safe internet practices. Many experts suggest on the use of a password manager site to store passwords. Using a password manager will also help to avoid using the same password for multiple sites, which is advised against, as is allowing your browser to remember your password for you. It may seem convenient, but it is also very dangerous.
Go long! The longer your password, the harder to crack.
Find further information on www.saferinternetday.org, and keep an eye on the official Safer Internet Day social media channels on Facebook and Twitter.
nVision is a leading IT firm, delivering a full spectrum of technology solutions and expertise since 1998. We deliver first-class customer service and business outcomes for our customers through our portfolio of Managed Services, Cloud, Security, Professional Services, as well as providing hardware and software solutions with best in-class technology. With a commitment to excellence, nVision partners with our customers to delivery outcomes that streamline businesses and align with their goals – allowing our customers to focus less on the minutiae and more on their mission and vision.
nVision has a commitment to increasing connection and collaboration in and outside of the classroom. Our suite of solutions focuses on secure application delivery, wireless, virtualization services, and secure network infrastructure in order to help schools reduce costs while delivering robust networks that enhance productivity.
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