This weeks article is about keeping your children safe online. This is a recent article that the US-CERT has put out. Given that children are innocent, and not as ‘wise’ as adults should be, they’re more susceptible to online predators and other dangers of the Internet.
Most of the tips presented are common sense tips that parents probably should be doing anyhow. The nice thing about them is, if the parents follow these tips, it will actually benefit them and their children in other ways.
Some of the tips include “Be involved”, “Keep the computer in an open area”, “Warn the children about the dangers”, and “Implement Parental Controls”. The one tip that they don’t put on there is the most important. “Get your children involved in non-computer related activities.” This will make sure that they develop more social skills for “face to face interaction” and will provide them with a sense of right and wrong that they will carry over to their online experiences.
Remember also that Parental controls are only a band-aid measure. Since most teenagers will know how to bypass them and they will also restrict your access (or at least make it somewhat harder for you to do things that you normally would have done), they aren’t the perfect solution to the problem.
My next article will be on “Coordinating Virus and Spyware Defense”.
Have a great weekend everyone 🙂