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Overview

Educating our loved ones is vital because it can help combat almost all of the cyber threats out there in some form or another, so the little time it takes to talk about cyber security is time well spent.

Time required: 15 - 30mins

Difficulty: Easy

Software/hardware costs: £0

HOW-TO VIDEO TUTORIAL

Follow the instructions in the video below step by step. If you prefer written instructions, these can be found below.

Things to do

  • 1. Educate

  • 2. Share

  • 3. Monitor

  • 4. Educate Your Kids

DETAILED HOW-TO INSTRUCTIONS

How-To Instructions

ONE. Educate.

a. Open up the conversation with your family members and friends to see what their thoughts are on internet safety.


TWO. Share.

a. Ask what your friends are doing to ensure their own and their kids’ safety. Share and discuss ideas.

b. Via social media, share your thoughts and links to useful material to increase the awareness of cyber security and that it doesn’t have to be painful or complicated.


THREE. Monitor.

a. Remember that others within your social circles can make you and your family vulnerable.

b. Monitor your online presence and social media to ensure others aren’t unwittingly posting your personal information onto the web.

c. Request that posted media or text be removed if it reveals too much.

 


Educating Your Kids

ONE. Establish the Ground Rules.

a. Write up you own guiding principles for the use of the internet and their devices

b. One idea that some parents have good success with is drafting a Social Media & Internet Contract. See the following good example;

www.imom.com/printable/social-media-contract-for-kids/


TWO. Parent-as-teacher.

a. Start an ongoing dialogue with your children around cyber and the risks it brings.

b. Use some (not too unintimidating!) real world examples to bring the risks to life for them.

c. Discuss news stories with them.

d. Ask them for their thoughts on internet safety and about any worries they might have.


THREE. Parent-as-confidant.

a. One of the biggest risks children face is the feeling of feeling isolated – this is exactly what sexual predators have techniques for to try and engineer.

b. Easier said than done but try and position yourself as the person they can come to when things go wrong online.


FOUR. Parent-as-security-expert.

a. It has been shown that kids have a short- sighted view of cyber risks as they interpret risk as a measure of how much something bothers them.

b. Parents need to have an understanding of cyber security risks themselves in order to help their children bridge this gap.


FIVE. Parent-as-student.

a. Reverse the usual roles...ask your kids to teach you! In education circles, it’s commonly accepted that people learn more when they teach someone else, it’s called the protégé effect.

b. Be inquisitive about the social media they use, how they keep their accounts secure and how they identify suspicious activity or communications.

c. Don’t ask leading questions as this only defaults the role back to parent-as-teacher again, so be genuine in your questions and supportive in their responses.

d. Graduate Your Kids from Cyber Academy.

e. Try the Webonauts Internet Academy (7 yrs+) or the Carnegie Cyber Academy (9–12 yrs).

 

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