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Back to School: Computer Security to Teach your Children

It’s back-to-school time, and while many parents will be worrying about stationary and uniform, there’s one aspect of school life we shouldn’t forget to brief our children about: computer safety.

Most parents are well-aware that children can scuff their shoes and lose their pencils, but they’re not prepared for the difficulties children face in growing up connected to the web. That’s why we’ve put together this list to make sure your kids stay safe this September (Oh, and for the rest of their school year, too.)

Keep Their AntiVirus Up-to-Date

Exchanging files with friends is the stamp swapping of the 21st century, and therefore you have to make sure your computer has the latest in antivirus software.

Talk About Web Safety

Kids, like cats, are naturally curious. And while cats limit their exploration to neighbour’s shed, children can push all kinds of boundaries online. To decrease your child’s chances of catching a computer virus, make sure you talk to him about web safety.

Explain that if an advertisement is too good to be true, it usually is. If it is out of context, it’s usually spam. And if it has bad spelling, it’s usually bad news.

Watch Out for Cyber Bullying

Despite advances in technology, not even the geniuses at Norman have developed a solution for stopping bullies – either in school or online.

Keep vigilante for signs of cyber-bullying (listed here*), but more importantly – don’t let it get to that stage. Take an active part in your child’s internet life (that doesn’t mean reading over his shoulder all the time!) and make sure you’re approachable if he does have a problem.

Of course, these are just a few tips on a subject that could span a few books. The most important point is to remember that computer safety, just like learning to cross the road, is an important message to pass on to your children.

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2 Responses to Back to School: Computer Security to Teach your Children

  1. Caroline E says:

    Great advice!

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