Tag Archives: Online Safety

How to start a conversation with your child about their online activity

There will possibly come a time when your child will encounter some form of a bad situation online. It is best to start having meaningful and open conversations with them early on in their online journey than have to crisis-manage a hurt, bullied or flamed child online. Firstly, it is important to understand the terminology used by perpetrators and children online so that you can educate them or pick up where things are going wrong should they speak about it. The internet is full of resources to help you do this. Secondly, take note of a few things in their behavior that could highlight the fact that things are not as “okay” as they seem: Being secretive about who they are talking to online Using sexual language you wouldn’t expect them to know Communicating by means of a combination of emoji’s Switching their screens off when you approach How to…

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Identity Theft

Identity theft is one of the fastest developing type crimes in the world: specialists believe that a person’s identity is stolen every 2 seconds around the world. Identity theft occurs when a thief gains access to the personal information of a person online such as their credit card information, passwords, medical insurance numbers, ID number/cards. The thief uses this information for their own economic gain. As indicated by TransUnion, South Africa’s biggest credit authority, since identity theft is not easily detectable like other types of crimes, it can go unidentified for a considerable a long time, even years while victims have huge debts build-up under their names. Something that is not often spoken about is the identity theft of children. Because children have clean credit records, criminals take advantage of this by using children’s identities to carry on their malicious acts. That is why we advise parents to stop oversharing…

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Creating Strong Passwords

It is important that you help your children create strong and unique passwords to protect their online accounts.  Children are curious and will want to know the why’s – so tell them the possible dangers as you go along!  Here are some thoughts and tips to help you along. Start by explaining that their passwords need to be:  Unique  The hacker is not a nice person and might try and access their accounts and their personal information  Create a hacking game and ask them to crack the code:  1 2 3 _ 5 6  Pa__wo_d  _ello  Passwords need to be longer and more memorable and not contain any private information like their name, address, phone number etc.  Think of a fun phrase or an event that they remember:  My first football game was in 2020  Use the first letter from that phrase:  mffgwi2020  Change some letters into symbols or special characters:  mffgw!2020  Make some uppercase and some lowercase:  Mffgw!2020  Now ask them…

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