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Key measures to be taken to protect kids against cyber threats

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

By  Vidushi Daga, CEO, Whiz Juniors & Clone Futura

Children generally face prominent security threat as most of them are unaware of how they can be attacked or bullied by various threats in the first place. Children are usually affected by these threats without activities conducted without their knowledge. Normally, when they check out web-links to their ‘fan sites’ that contains malicious links or ‘free stuff’, messages that look like they’re from friends, offers of free music or movies or ring tones or anything else that children usually are tempted to download.

Everyone is digitally connected in today’s day and age whether it is through surfing the web, watching videos, playing games, using an application or even texting on the mobile phone. As technology advances so does the perils of technology also manifests in various different ways. It can be a boon or bane for all at the same time.

The only way to be wary of this is by ensuring some watchful control as parents and teachers over what should be permitted for their use and also help them be cautious about their usage. Parents and teachers must take the responsibility of educating them about cyberbullying and ensure there is virus protection, netiquette and spread awareness about anything they find suspicious in the process. It is also imperative to educate them about never sharing their passwords or other important personal information online, with strangers or virtual friends.

The devices at home should be well protected with good security software that are updated and safe to use, which automatically helps keep your system safe and decreases chances of picking up malware. As parents, guardians or teacher’s one should regularly monitor their online activity from time to time to prevent them from facing a direct potent threat in future immediately.

The fact that there are risks cannot be a reason to avoid using technology or to keep it away from children or others. But it is important to think about what you and your kids can do to reduce risk and learn how to recover if something does go wron. We all learn a whole lot from making mistakes and recovering from them. Just as with everything else in life, we can’t eliminate every possible risk associated with technology, but by using common sense and taking reasonable precautions we can greatly reduce potential risk largely. Security risks and few other can be a problem, but the benefits of today’s technology are far reaching and life-changing.

Technology and the risks associated with it are also constantly evolving so as everything else also but the human species is intelligent enough to take up the challenges posed before them and resolve it aptly too. As the need of the hour is to adopt technology one has to be judicious in using the advanced technology that we have before us.

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