Scared of the dangers of the internet for your young students and/or children? No Problem! This short guide will help you find the right tools to address such an important issue as internet security and cyberbullying.
1) Discuss about online surfing
Boost the dialogue with your children/students about openness and transparency of their online surfing. Children and teenagers have the tendency not to share their impressions and opinions about strange things found around on the web if they don't have the feeling that it's totally fine to talk about something that might look/sound unusual to them.
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2) Don't chat with strangers
Make them understand the potential dangers of the internet through analogies: use the concept of “stranger”, what it is in real life and what it is (more often) in the digital world. Perceiving the digital unknown interlocutor as a stranger will make your kids more aware of the nature of online chatting and surfing.
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3) Being careful
Teach them the importance of being careful with posting online contents. Tell them how their pictures and posts could be manipulated or used for inappropriate use by people driven by bad intentions.
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4) Critical Thinking
Reassure your students/kids they won't lose access to technology if they report any inappropriate contents; rather, educate them to develop critical thinking about what they find on the web and discuss unusual contents with grown-ups.
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5) Social Networks
Review the sustainability of social networks, meaning the type of social network, the age requirements to access it and the private settings available.
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6) Lock your passwords
Inform your students about the importance of keeping their password secret. Few precautions are enough to avoid unpleasant surprises, such as: create an efficient password, don't send your password via emails or instant messages, always log off when using public computers, recognize phishing and spamming emails.
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7) Online Shopping
Teach the young users to beware of online fraud while shopping online. Tell them that it's always important to double check all information about the seller and the product and control the payment system before finalizing the purchase.
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Follow these few suggestions and you'll be able to easily avoid unpleasant surprises!