Home Icon
security-keyboard

It’s Safer Internet Day: celebrate by talking to the kids about online habits

By Staff writers | 3:20 pm 05/02/2013

Pretty much everything we do connects with the internet somehow, and we don’t expect that to change. With that in mind, your kids will likely always be using the web, so before they find some bad habits of their own, take the time to talk to them about some good ones.

With Safer Internet Day being celebrated today, people around the world are putting forth tips and suggestions to help make people’s experiences online just that much better.

This year’s day also marks the 10th anniversary of the event, aimed at making everyone more aware of what’s happening on the web.

“Over the years, Safer Internet Day has become a landmark event in the online safety calendar, and an action that has been taken up across the globe,” said Janice Richardson, Coordinator at Insafe, one of the organisations responsible for running Safer Internet Day.

“With this year’s theme of online rights and responsibilities, we aim to engage all stakeholder groups – children and young people, parents, carers and educators, and industry and the third sector – to raise awareness that we all have a shared responsibility to make the internet a safer, and better, place for all.”

Symantec, makers of the Norton range of internet security programs, have chimed in for the occasion, with some tips to talk to your kids about, as a way of encouraging everyone to stay up to date and keep better security on the world wide web.

“Safer Internet Day is an annual reminder of how careful we need to be when we are online,” said Marian. “Norton is encouraging individuals to manage their children’s growing online independence by educating them on the many serious dangers on the Internet and to ensure they can surf the web knowing they are protected from the threats out in cyberspace today.”

Some of the things parents can do include talking about how you should never give personal information out, and to never share passwords with anyone.

The “stranger danger” rule is just as popular offline as it is on, and while it might seem easier to find friends online, it’s always important to know that a stranger on the internet can be just as dangerous as one in the real world in person.

Always be careful what sort of links are being clicked on, as this is a killer. One of the most obvious ways for someone’s security to be invaded is to click on a link that they didn’t want to see in the first place. This happens when you see messages like “I totally found this pic of you the other day,” a message that seems harmless, but will run something nasty on your computer and show you nothing but malice.

And as always, make sure there’s some form of up-to-date internet security on a computer. For adults, this is more something you need to take care of, but it’s good to impart on the little ones why it’s necessary, so that growing up, they know that security is important on their gadgets.

Latest reviews

  • Review: LG G Pad 10.1

    LG's G3 really grabbed our attention earlier in the year, so we're expecting good things from a tablet launched around the same time, but is the G Pad 10.1…
  • Review: Plantronics BackBeat Pro headphones

    Headphones that cut out the noise from the outside world generally require you to be tethered to your phone, but not a new pair of cans from Plantronics, as…
  • Review: Moto G (2014, G2)

    Big phones are in, and to go with that trend, Motorola is upgrading one of its entry-level handsets, increasing the screen size of its G series phone to make…
  • Review: Acer Aspire Switch 10

    Acer's 10 inch Windows tablet hasn't been updated since Windows 8 first came out, and that was two years ago, so what has Acer been cooking up, and does…
  • Review: Dyson Cool (AM06)

    Here come the warmer months and that reason to get the old trusty fan out. But before you do, you might want to consider a healthy update of the…
  • You little beauty: Sony’s Xperia Z3 Compact reviewed

    Smartphones may well be getting bigger, but Sony’s Xperia Z3 Compact aims to show people that a smartphone doesn’t need to be big to be powerful, boasting high-end specs…
  • Review: Bose QuietComfort 25i (QC25/QC25i)

    If there's one company that tends to do well in the field of noise cancellation, it's Bose. We've seen its headphones used by so many on overseas trips, and…
  • Review: Oppo N1 Mini

    Do you like selfies but are sick of the one or two megapixel cameras smartphones are coming with? Oppo's answer to this is an interesting one, putting the 13…
  • Review: Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro

    Lenovo can be quite playful with its computers, and has come up with some good designs before, but in the Yoga 2 Pro, it's showing us that laptops can…
  • Bigger and better: Apple’s iPhone 6 reviewed

    Apple's change to its juggernaut smartphone is here, and it's not just a number change with a fingerprint sensor. This time, the iPhone includes a bigger screen, faster processor,…

“How do you stop yourself from being caught out by these scam artists?”

Read More

Tell us…

Which smartwatch are you interested in buying?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

“There’s certainly no doubt that you can find a bargain, but like always, you get what you pay for.”

Read More