Should I worry about posting my photos on Facebook and the internet?

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According to me, there’s no need to give up photo-sharing altogether. By following few simple rules while uploading photos you can alleviate some of  dangers of internet like cyberbullying, identity theft. Rules like –
– Think carefully about what you post!
-Ensure you are only sharing with people who you are close to, in real life. Be cautious before accepting a friend’s request.
-Turn off the ‘location’ service when taking pictures on your smartphone.
-Never post your child’s name along with their birth date, school name, address or phone number.
-Know how to manage your privacy settings (like who can view & share your posts, tagging). For example, Facebook privacy setting by default is public, the entire world can view it!
-Keep a strong password and ensure that it remains a secret.
-Ask permission from parents before uploading photos of their children.
-Ask family members and friends to follow the…

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Tips to create a good password

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Make sure that you have strong passwords for all your online accounts. Passwords provide the first line of defense against unauthorized access to your computer. The stronger your password, the more protected your computer will be from hackers and malicious software.
Here are some tips that you can keep in mind while creating your password:
-Is at least eight characters long.
– Does not contain your user name, real name, or company name.
– Is significantly different from previous passwords.

A password can contain characters from categories given below:
– Uppercase letters A, B, C
– Lowercase letters a, b, c
– Numbers 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
– Symbols ` ~ ! @ # $ % ^&* ( ) _ – + = { } [ ] | : ; ” ‘ < > , . ?

Create an acronym from an easy-to-remember piece…

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Are you a smart cyber surfer? Check out tips to surf safe online.

Technology is extremely addicting because it provides immediate feedback, connects us and entertain us. We visit several new/unknown websites almost everyday. Also, download tons of information. As a netizen, we need to be careful about what we download and what we click. The links can content virus or can try to read personal information without our permission. So we need to be a smart netizen while surfing online.

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Here are some tips that will keep you safe online:

-Protect yourself online: Use a comprehensive security tool to warn you if you try to visit risky sites or links. It will also prevent you from downloading infected content and continually identify and remove malware that has managed to enter the system

-Sites like Google & BING continually do virus checks. So stick to them while surfing online.

-Password protect all devices

-Pop-ups might look very rewarding and tempting. They might offer you tickets/ money/ free downloads and much more. But the smart way to stay online is to IGNORE them!

-Stick to official and known websites

-Fake profile: Learn how to figure out if it’s a fake profile. Here are some tips for the same. https://besocialmediawise.com/2013/07/18/how-to-spot-fake-profile-on-a-website/

-Watching out for “free” stuff. Free games, ring tones, or other downloads can hide malware.

-Email attachments are the primary source of virus infection. Nowadays, someone can also send emails with harmful content using your friend’s email address and your friend isn’t aware of the same . Use caution when deciding whether to click a link in a message, particularly if the message body seems non- specific, such as a message reading “Check out our my birthday photos”. So think before to click!

-Ensure you have effective and updated antivirus/antispyware software and firewall running before you start downloading.

Do visit the Wise Netizen Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/UseSocialMediaWisely and www.wisenetizen.com for online safety guides, tips, videos and posters.

#HappySurfing!

How Do Kids Become Cyber Bullies?

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Can you believe that cyber bullying is more common than face-to-face bullying? If you know how your kid became a cyber-bully, then maybe you can handle him more tactfully and more effectively.

In fact, you might be surprised to know that –

  • 10% to 20% of children are cyber bullies
  • Many children are unaware that there can be legal implications of cyber bullying. In some countries, it may lead to a criminal record, in spite of being underage!
  • Students who spend more than 3 hours every day on social networking sites are more likely to turn into cyber bullies at some point than students who spend less than 3 hours online.
  • Many children begin as innocent teasers online, which unchecked and unopposed, escalates to more aggressive behaviour. Before they realise it, they have become mean online offenders.

Misconceptions about Online Bullies

It is a common misconception that cyber bullies –

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From personal safety to smartphone security: Four apps to keep you safe

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Use these 4 great apps to get you home safely, protect your kids from unsavoury content and stop thieves in their tracks

The long winter nights are drawing in and whether you’re getting home after dark or heading out on a long walk in the countryside, it’s important to stay safe. Thankfully, there are several smartphone apps that can act as your own personal security net.

These days threats can be virtual too. Malicious apps can attack your handset, while unsuitable content can easily be found by younger kids getting to grips with the ways of the web.

Here are four essential mobile apps to keep you and your phone safe and secure.

1) bSafe Personal Safety App

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Price: Free

Operating system: Android,iOS

If you’re wary when it comes to walking home alone at night or exploring unfamiliar places, bSafe can provide the perfect security blanket. With this free…

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How do you protect your kids from predators on the Internet?

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As parents we need to be make sure we educate our kids about Online Safety and make them cybersmart as soon as they start using interent on regular basis. Parents need to practice few rules and keep some tips in mind in order to make sure that their family are wise netizens.
Here is the list of basic internet safety rules that parents need to keep in mind:

1) Make sure that your child understand the disadvantages of publishing content online
Think carefully about what you post! Remember that nothing is temporary on the internet. Once you post something online, it would remain there forever. On many websites, the content is viewable by anyone who has access to internet. This content can be misused. Example – it can be used for online bullying, phishing and scams. Also many websites have their own rules, example on Facebook, posts you hide from…

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Why I felt “Online Safety” education is important

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As I see kids growing in front of me and the effect social media has nowadays, I wonder – “Once my kid grows up, will she use social media wisely??”

I have seen the stubbornness of  kids, not  listening to their  parents and staying online whole day and night. playing games, chatting.  As a parent, we always worry about, How my kid will use facebook, twitter?,” Will he accept friend requests from a stranger?, What if he loses his focus on studies? Will he ever listen to me?, What can I do to make sure that he uses facebook/twitter wisely?

I feel as a parent/elder, we can take some steps to ensure that social media doesn’t harm  our kids and to set proper guidance for kids to use social media wisely. You would never, ever allow your child to cross the road without looking for traffic, would you? Well, you need to take the same type of precautions when they…

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How can I protect my child from watching adult content on the Internet?

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The Internet is a huge database. It stores a lot of information which can be read and used by all of us. Some content is not appropriate for children, we call it “Adult content”. On the Internet, websites featuring pornography or other content which you don’t want your children to see are just one click away. Children can also be exposed to adult content via links sent to them through an email or chat.

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Here are few tips which parents need to implement  to prevent their children from watching adult content on the internet:

  • Install blocking, filtering, and monitoring software in order to block pop-ups, restrict access to sites with adult content and see which sites your child visits.
  • Discuss your family values with your child and be clear about what he needs to watch on the internet. Have open conversations about adult content online and explain your child about…

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What can I tell my child to do if he or she is being cyberbullied?

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Victims of cyberbullying are in a vulnerable state, it is important to make sure that parents respond to their child in a proper manner and take effective steps to resolve the problem.

Acknowledge your child’s pain. If your child did not come to you right away, do not blame, just let them know you are grateful they have come to you now. Tell your children that you won’t blame them if they are cyberbullied. Emphasize that you won’t take away their laptops or phones – this is the main reason kids don’t tell adults when they are cyberbullied.

A) Your first step is to listen to your child without being judgmental.
Here are the details which parents should ask their child in a gentle manner:
1) How long the cyberbullying has been going on.
2) The names…

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