Children are all about wanting to share media and other information with friends online. Whether your child is 5 or 15, they likely know how to use the Internet and know how to send music, videos and other information to their friends – either by email or some messenger program. Your goal as a parent is to teach the kids how to be safe when doing all of this sharing.
Who is on the “Safe” List
Before you talk about how they can send any information or what they can share, you have to establish who they are able to share information with. Especially when kids enter chat rooms, there are going to be all sorts of people asking for files and personal information – and not everyone is who they say they are. This means you have to teach your kids how to use caution when they are on the Internet.
Unfortunately, there are criminals who target sites designed for children because children are gullible. They can get all sorts of media and information from children simply by posing as another child and asking for it. To ensure you and your family are not left vulnerable, you have to establish a safe list of people who your kids can send things to.
People on the safe list should include:
– Family members
– Friends that you have already approved
If your kids want to send any kind of information or files to anyone else, they need to ask for your permission first. This will allow you to verify the information and be sure that it is a legitimate person.
What Kind of Information Can Be Shared
You want to make sure your children are sharing media and information that they are allowed to. This can include photos, videos and all sorts of files. As for information, this can include addresses, phone numbers and any other information that children may have access to – such as the credit cards that are in your wallet.
The only thing that should be shared is basic details – like an age, first name and grade. Anything specific, such as the name of the school being attended, an address or credit card numbers should never be disclosed. Family, friends and teachers already have this information. As for anyone else, they don’t need this information as they likely want it for some other reason – probably to commit some sort of cybercrime.
If you have any kind of net sitter software on the computer, you may want to set what can and cannot be shared. You can even enter keywords that should not be shared so that it will block the information if your child attempts to send it across the Internet. The same can be said about certain media types – like photographs.
So what can be sent in terms of media? Find out what your kids are sending. Files that contain book reports and such are harmless. Files that contain photos of your children can be risky, however, so take the time to view the files and see what they are really showing before they start sending them across the Internet.
Sharing Media of All Sorts
Sharing usually means that your children are receiving files as well. Make sure they know that they should only accept files from people they know. There may be pop-ups disabled on your computer. If a pop-up shows up on the computer when children are using it to say that the file may be contain a virus or be otherwise harmful, they need to know to read it and not accept the file – instead of simply hitting OK and allowing a bad file to be installed on your computer.
It’s a good idea to install virus protection on your computer – and teach kids how to use it. This way if there is a harmful file trying to be downloaded, the computer will not only detect it but your kids will know what to do with it.
Spend some time with your children and talk to them about sharing media and other information online. When they know who they can share with and what kinds of information and files they can share, it will be safer for everyone involved.
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