How to Keep Your Kids Safe on the Internet

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Education is the best weapon we have to face the world around us. This is so in adults, children and young people in general. The SANS Institute says on its online safety page that the “key to protecting children online is educating them and making sure you talk to them and they talk to you.” In short, education and trust. This non-profit institution is not without reason. Since 1989, it has been dedicated to offering resources and training related to the security applied to technology and the Internet in all areas of our lives.

child about online safety

However, although it is easy to say, it is not always easy to apply. But no one said that being a parent was a simple task. It is also true that today it is somewhat more complex than a few years ago when the world was not so small due to globalization and we did not have access to as much information or technologies as it does today.

But whether we want it or not, we live the reality that we live. And this forces us to make certain decisions as parents and to offer our children all the information and education they need to move freely and safely independently.

Let’s see some tips that the SANS Institute collects to educate your children and provide them with all the help and support necessary to access the Internet safely.

Educate and Communicate Your Children

One of the problems many parents encounter is not being familiar with the technology their children access. We all have a smartphone, but it is not so common to play with a video game console. Furthermore, it is not the same applications that an adult installs as a minor or young person.

Precisely, the approach proposed by SANS is to start from basic standards. And, from there, see what problems or challenges are presented to us. Or in other words, based on minimum standards of coexistence, adapt to the applications or services to which minors have access and assess to what extent they are or are not recommended.

In this list of coexistence rules, you have to take into account when they can access the Internet and for how long. Obviously, there are priorities, like studies or other activities.

From here, it is convenient to define the use they make of the Internet. If the physical equivalent is, for example, how far from home they can go or what type of establishments they can enter, it is convenient to define what type of content they can see and, an important aspect in social networks, what personal information they can and cannot share.

More basic tips. Treat others as we would like to be treated, make them aware that there is no anonymity on the Internet, and be cautious: in the network of networks, not everyone is who they say they are.

It should also be borne in mind that the rules applied at different ages and at different degrees of maturity cannot be the same. The older and more responsible, the more freedom of action. Hence, we must adopt the requirements and regulations to the age of each minor.

On the other hand, popular Internet services have systems to block certain types of content and even have filters for minors. The same occurs with PC, Mac, Android or iPhone operating systems, which already have parental systems.

SANS Institute ends its tips on Internet safety with one we don’t always pay attention to. Lead by example. What is the use of requiring minors to dedicate their time to us when they play with their smartphone if we react the same way to our smartphone or television? Especially at the initial ages, children learn by imitation, so it will be easier to teach them habits by practising them ourselves than by ordering them.

Secure Connection and Premium Qustodio

Remember that all Movistar clients have access to Secure Connection. It is a free service that protects your Internet browsing on all devices that are connected through the Movistar network. In addition, it blocks malware and phishing threats and alerts from risky websites.

Additionally, Movistar also offers Qustodio Premium. You can try this paid service for free for a month. It limits the use and content accessible on the Internet as well as what games and applications are run. It also generates alerts and reports on the habits of your children on the Internet.

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