Keeping Safe Online 

The Internet can be an amazing platform for learning, playing games and keeping in touch with loved ones 

It can also become very dangerous place and people can become very vulnerable! How do you keep track of what your child is doing and looking at on the Internet and who followers their social media profiles ? 

Whether your new to the Internet or you have a bast experience on surfing the world wide Web here are some useful tips to keeping your children safe : 

  • Search the Web together 
  • Restrict the content your child can look at 
  • Make sure you explain to your child how to keep safe and get them to ask if they can click on sites 
  • No social media until 16+ if you really feel you child should be on social media, keep them safe link there profile to yours and you approve who add them and post on their page. 
  • Agreed rules of what is OK to look at and what is not OK to look at. 

That’s the basic of how to keep your child safe while searching the world wide Web, NOW what about keeping yourself safe both while searching the Web and using social media. 

Surfing the web and using social media 

  • Protect your information – don’t give bank details, password or address to anyone you do not know or a website that you haven’t used before or might not look real
  • Privacy – Make any social media profiles, Facebook, instagram, snap chat, twitter ect private, this will prevent people you don’t know from seeing your profile information. Don’t use locations on social media and if you do keep it private so the people you follow and follow you can are the only ones who can see it. 
  • Be careful what you click on – click bait is a not new, its a post or an advert that has something you might like or are interested in. If you click on something and it asks you to fill this form in or log in to social media account or provide address to view, then it’s a scam. Leave the page and check that it’s legitimate site before re-entering. You can do this by searching the company’s name or asking your friends if they have see it or Google it. But 9 times out of 10 if it’s to good to be true then it’s not real. 
  • Be careful what you post – do not post personal information like address, phone number, date of birth or bank details. Scammer love this information and could steal your Identity. Be careful of posting what location your in “Just left for work” “on holiday in Spain” theives love this as they know when your in or out the house. 
  • Be wary of who you add – only add people you know and have met in person, no strangers, it might sound and look attractive to get more followers and likes but use social media for connecting with people you know. 
  • Use a secure password – don’t use your name or your friends name or the name or your dog or something that relates to you directly. Use at least 2 capital letters and 3 numbers and a minimum of ten characters. 

The number of victims of identity theft rose by 57%, last year figures from fraud prevention service Cifas suggest. 

Cifas said Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn had become “hunting ground” for identity theft. 

It’s said that there were more than 148,000 victims in the UK in 2015 then compared with 94,500 in 2014. I am yet to find details of the numbers for 2016 but given by the increase from 2014 to 2015 I can only guess that’s it’s got higher. 

The risk of exploitation is also also high – someone can set up a fake profile or profiled and add other, essentially grooms people to give them what they want. This could be money, sex, nude photos ect. 

I am not saying don’t use social media or search the web but keep safe use your comon sense, if it looks fake it is don’t share your details or info with people you dont know or sites you don’t know the origin of. 

Further information below provided by : 

amp.ibtimes.co.uk author Fiona keating

 There is a reported rise in the number of teenagers phoning the NSPCC’s helpline with bad experiences after downloading apps like Grindr. One man said he had been “groomed” by a 24-year-old after going online aged 13, according to a Newsbeat report.

Around one in six of (17%) of the youngsters polled by CEOP reported using Tinder every day, with almost half of those (46%) aged 15 and under. The service was more popular among girls than boys, with one in five female respondents using it compared with 15% of males.

Tinder users are shown other subscribers close to their location and must both give a positive reaction and receive one back to start communicating. It is open to those who are 13 or older, with under-18s only able to match with people in the same age bracket. App designers say users must confirm they are of appropriate age – over 17.

Andy Phippen, professor of social responsibility in IT at Plymouth University, said: “It is very concerning to see the proportion of younger teens using apps like Tinder, whose aim is essentially hook-ups and dating, and very much for an adult audience.

“These apps also share location-based information and can be used as platforms for grooming and abuse.”

On Snapchat, more than a third (37%) of children polled reported spending up to 10 hours on the app every day. Reports recently emerged that explicit images taken with the app were intercepted by a third party app and leaked online. Claire Lilly, safer internet lead at the NSPCC, said: “We are seeing a sharp rise in young people contacting ChildLine about being approached online, sending images to strangers or being exposed to online pornography. And a new generation of smart phone apps are presenting yet more problems

To read the full above article further CLICK HERE 

Thanks for Reading, 

Peace out peeps 

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