How to make sure your kids are using technology safely
ON the school holidays its easy for your kids to spend more time than usual on technology. Once people know what I do, I often get bailed up at BBQs by parents saying that I should come into their kid's school to give a presentation because they're having big issues with cyber-bullying or cyber-safety or internet addiction or some other tech-related craze.
These same parents also often say there is just NOTHING around, but in fact there is.
Online security, also known as electronic security or e-security, is about having the appropriate security measures in place on your system, and keeping security in mind when using the internet or email.
As more people use the internet and internet-enabled devices and software, sophisticated and malicious online attacks have emerged on the internet.
Anyone is at risk of this activity - from big corporations right through to small businesses and families.
With this in mind however, there is no reason NOT to go on the internet just because there is risk involved.
The way I explain it to people who express their concerns is, 'now you wouldn't not drive a car just because you might have an accident would you?'
Of course not! You'd simply take the precautions of wearing a seat belt, driving safely and as you go forth I'm sure you will enjoy your journey from A to B and beyond!
So here are some tools to make sure you and your family stay safe when using the internet:
1. Stay Smart Online - Home Users guide - Read through this guide aimed at providing your family with appropriate measures to improve your online security.
2. Budd:e - Budd:e is another great resource produced by the Austrailan government and available online. A version is available for primary school and secondary aged kids. There is a chance they may have already played with Budd:e through school, but there is nothing like a refresher to make sure this information stays fresh in their mind. Going through it with them is also a great activity to ensure you are both on the same page.
3. Easy Guide to Socialising Online - Download the The Australian Government's Easy Guide to Socialising Online which provides information on how internet users can protect themselves and their information when using social networking sites, search engines and online games.
4. The Cybersafety Help Button - This is an Australian Government initiative designed to keep children and families safe online. The help button is an online resource that gives children and young people easy access to cyber safety information and assistance. You can download the button at the Department of Broadband, Communications and Digital Economy's website, or by clicking the link above.
5. Hectors World - Hector and his friends enjoy playing computer games and chatting online. They use their computers, the internet and mobile phones the cybersmart way. Explore the online world with Hector and find out how to stay safe.
6. How Cybersmart are you - take a quiz! You will be guided through 11 questions by Sam. She will help you and tell you what you need to do. In each question you will need to make a decision about what you would do. You will be asked to select your answers from the ones provided. See more here.
7. Cyber Quoll - CyberQuoll is an internet safety program for primary schools chreated by the Australian Communications and Media Authority.
8. Follow the Australian Government's Stay Smart Online Facebook page.
9. Stay Smart Online Alert Service - Stay informed by signing up for the Stay Smart Online Alert Service. The free subscription-based Alert Service supplies information on the latest cyber security threats and vulnerabilities in simple, non-technical, and easy to understand language. It also provides information and tips to mitigate these risks. https://www.staysmartonline.gov.au/alert_service/subscribe
10. SCAMwatch - Provides information to consumers and small businesses about how to recognise, avoid and report scams.
Yvette Adams is releasing a new book in 2014 called No Kidding - Why Our Kids Know More About Technology Than You And What You Can Do About It. Pre order a copy now at nokidding.com.au for only $25AUD.
By Yvette Adams.