Published by: TechRound, February 2021
The internet has transformed our lives. We can do pretty much anything online today. We rely heavily on the internet for almost every task as it is faster and easier to complete. However, the internet is not as safe as it may feel. The fact that we can get everything done so easily comes at a price and has become the bane to our safety. With more people venturing into the digital space, sharing more information, it has become a breeding ground for cyber criminals.
The daily internet user is ever-increasing, with many more sharing private and sensitive information online, and with this cyber criminals are taking advantage of users. Cyber crime has grown enormously over the last few years, becoming a massive issue for individuals, organisations and companies. With this, it has become more important than ever to take protocols. Not doing so can result in the loss of money and sensitive information.
So, today, for Safer Internet Day 2021, we want to remind you of different ways individuals and companies can stay protected while using the internet. With certain safety measures, 33 experts are explaining how you can prepare and react to cyber crime and ways to stay safe on the internet.
“We live in an increasingly screen-based world. Children who’ve grown up online have more opportunities to learn and connect than ever before, but simply teaching them how to use their devices is not enough. Children also need to know how to understand how to use the internet appropriately if they’re to become resilient and empathetic digital citizens.
At Natterhub, we’ve found that more than one in five primary schools only teach online safety lessons once per year, so Safer Internet Day is a hugely essential initiative. The motto of the day is together for a better internet, and education is how we make this a reality.
Natterhub Online Safety Tips
1. Set up parental controls.
Parental controls are the best way to make sure your children don’t see anything inappropriate while they’re online. Our Online Safety Guide has simple step-by-step instructions for your devices and web browsers, as well as information on some of the most popular apps and games out there. Don’t forget to make sure these are active on your mobile network, not just on WiFi!
2. Make sure you’re ‘appy with the apps your children are using.
Parental controls are also where you can set age limits so children can’t download any apps that are unsuitable for them. Be sure to turn off location sharing in the apps they use regularly. You should also turn off in-app purchases so you don’t get any nasty surprises in your next bank statement!
Is your child’s screen time balanced?
Think about the ways your children are using screens. Are they being active, doing something creative or talking to their friends? Or are they being passive and just watching mindless videos? Think about other things you could do with them to stimulate their creativity.
3. Be clear what information can and can’t be shared
We all love to share things online, but we all have some things we should keep private. Make sure your children know not to share personal information like their full name, their school or their address with strangers!
4. Make yourself a trusted adult
As well as learning about blocking and reporting inappropriate content, children need to know that they can come to you if they have a problem. If they do share a problem with you, try to actively listen without judging, and make sure you know who else you can turn to if you need extra help. There are all kinds of organisations out there that can help, including the Internet Watch Foundation and the NSPCC.
5. Start a conversation
We know it can be awkward to talk to your children about what they get up to online, but starting a conversation means they’re more likely to come to you with a problem. Start with open-ended questions, like “How do you feel about…?” We also recommend having ‘sideways conversations – start a chat while you’re in the car, or going for a walk together!
6. Don’t just talk about the scary stuff!
It’s important that children see all the positive things about being online, not just the risks. Take an interest in the things they do online and start an ongoing discussion, and you’ll find it much easier to slip the subject of online safety in there!”
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Natterhub is an educational social media platform created to prepare primary school children to thrive online.
Our interactive lessons give children all the skills that they need to stay safe in a digital landscape, and our Badges of Honour help teachers to keep track of their progress.
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