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Protecting Your Kids From Cyber Sharks: Cyber Savvy Tip #3

Be Careful What You Type

Kids are curious and cyber shark attractors know it. We all need to be careful when doing an online search-you never know what you  might find.  Simple searches can  get kids to undesirable web sites. Sometimes they find their way there using a link sent from a friend.

Another trick that attractors use to pull in visitors takes advantage of typos and spelling errors that occur when the user mistypes a web address. It‘s called an ambush. Nearly four out of ten kids have experienced it. Your kid can make a simple typing mistake and end up in a very bad place that will not only serve up undesirable content but that could deliver a virus and harm your PC.  Instead of guessing and typing a URL directly, we suggest using Google or Bing with a safe search turned on and locked to find a site.

                                                                                                             – Bob Kessinger, CyberPatrol

Bob is the co-author of Surfing Among the Cyber Sharks: Parent’s Guide to Protecting Children and Teens from Online Risk

Protecting Your Kids From Cyber Sharks: Cyber Savvy Tip #2

Cyber-bullying happens in the real word as well as online, but the internet and social networks can magnify the damage and the hurt. 4 out of 10 kids have been bullied online, and 5 in 10 admit typing mean or hateful things about classmates.

That’s close to half, but according to the Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies, the main reason kids don’t report harassment on line, is fear of losing their access to technology. Talking to your children about what can happen online and how to be safe online without banning technology, is one of the most important things you can do to keep them safe online.

                                                                                                                 – Bob Kessinger, CyberPatrol

Bob is the co-author of Surfing Among the Cyber Sharks: Parent’s Guide to Protecting Children and Teens from Online Risk

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Protecting Your Kids From Cyber Sharks: Cyber Savvy Tip #1

Pictures, once shared on the Internet are out there to stay, with no guarantee you can delete them. It’s not just drunken photos on Facebook or MySpace that might come back to haunt your teen at job time, that you have to worry about.  

Innocent photos, in combination with other personal information posted and shared online, can provide more than enough details for a predator to stalk your child. Take a picture of a cheerleader, standing in front of their house, with the address showing.  

From just this one photo, any interested observer can find out just about everything they need to know. The neighborhood they live in, the economic class they belong to, the color and design of their cheerleader uniform and potentially the school they attend, how sophisticated or not they appear. You get the picture.

We need to teach our children to be very careful what information they share, and with whom. What they think is private often isn’t.

                                                                                                                                      – Bob Kessinger, CyberPatrol

Bob is the co-author of Surfing Among the Cyber Sharks: Parent’s Guide to Protecting Children and Teens from Online Risk