1.Antivirus and Spyware Protection
Let’s face it, the children of this generation are computer whizzes. They eat, drink, and sleep computers. They love their DSI, play stations, ipods, and texting on the phone. They may unawaringly click on a site that looks and appears harmless, but not knowing this site might be loaded with 30 or 40 Trojans. Possibly your child loves music and videos, it is so easy to catch a virus when downloading. It is of utmost important to have some type of Antivirus and Spyware Protection. Most times your antivirus protection will alert you before clicking on a site if it is not safe. So take heed if you receive such an alert.
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Above all talk to your child about the danger of chat rooms. Children tend to be gullible. If they are hearing online what they want to hear, they may be blinded to the fact that they could be talking to a pedophile, a killer, or sexual predator. So many times the predator’s sick mind thinks it is okay to talk to a 14 or 15 year old. The child may think they are talking to someone their own age. I have watched MSNBC where they show time after time sexual predators that are caught and prosecuted. Some of them get caught and go right back doing the same thing. That is why your child needs to be protected at all costs. That sexual predator so many times turns out to be a professional, a married man, or an old man (gizzard). They come in all shapes and forms.
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Make sure that you nor your child click on forwarded emails from others. Even though you know the person that is forwarding you the email, you do not know the 10 or 15 others that had previously forwarded the emails to them. A virus can often hide in those forwarded emails.
Children should not give out parent’s credit card information or any personal information. Sometimes when they really do not know who they are talking too, they might tend to divulge too much information.
Observe and see what sites your child is going to. No you cannot watch your child 24 hours a day, but possibly have your computer in a location such as a family room or living room, as oppose to their bedroom.
These are features that can easily be set up on most computers. It s imperative to use them to help protect your children. If you have them and never put them in place, it does your children no good whatsoever.
They need to be wary of phishing email scams that are used to get personal information. Or sad stories used to enlist your sending them money to help them.
Identifying and Reporting Consumer Frauds and Scams
Internet Fraud Information: USA.gov
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