Sure, Christmas heralds the season to spread cheer and regale in festivities. But, there is an ugly face of holidays which reveal nasty attempts of cyber criminals to attack your children and their online activities. Christmas season is a time when several forms of online hazards surface when kids are searching for gift items, using social networking sites, downloading or playing games, or chatting through any Instant messaging (IM) interface. Hence, parents must adopt effective security measures to guard their kids against these potential online hazards and threats.
Are you careful of what your kids are doing?
We have mapped some safety and preventive tips to safeguard your kids during holiday season. To begin with, parents must be extra careful about –
- If their kids are disclosing their personal information such as their name, full address, contact numbers, email addresses, passwords or banking or credit card details on any online community, to any social network user or on any un-trusted websites.
- If their kids are meeting someone they met while chatting, over social networking sites or any other online community. Parents need to make their kids aware of the danger of meeting their online contacts in real-life. Even if they decide to meet, they should not go alone.
- Parents should be more careful about email messages, email attachments, visiting un-trusted websites to prevent install of virus, Trojan, keylogger, worm, rootkit. Cyber criminals target users with spam, phishing mail, gift card scams, discount scams and objectionable messages.
Security measures before letting kids play games online
- Parents need to check the online games kids are playing especially if the game is suitable for their kids’ age group, if the game contain any objectionable content such as violence, adult content, profanity or anti-social behavior in it.
- Make sure you advice your kids about not to disclose personal information while playing games online.
- Make your kids aware of using an appropriate screen or gamertag that does not disclose personal information.
- Define time-limit for your kids’ play time.
- Educate your kids how to report or block offenders or messages.
In addition to following these guidelines, make sure you install effective and renowned security software which consists of parental control on your kids computer to protect them while you are not around.