Cyber Security 101

Lesson 6

Cyber ethics and children

Welcome to Lesson 6 in cyber security

In Lesson 5 you learnt about protecting your home and mobile devices. This lesson is about kids and how to make sure they’re safe online.

The Internet is an incredible tool – if used wisely.

Here are just six things you can do to keep the web a positive, inspiring and healthy space for your children:

1. Talk to your kids about being online:

One of the most valuable things you can do to protect your children online is to talk to them about being online.

Talk about:

  1. safety and creating unique passwords
  2. what kind of site is appropriate and how long they can spend online
  3. why they shouldn’t give out much personal information
  4. why not to accept anything from anyone they meet online
  5. why not to trust anyone they’ve only met online

2. Set up parental controls:

Parental controls are there to ensure that innocent searches bring up innocent results. They also help you to manage how long your children can be online and prevent them from downloading apps they’re too young for. 

3. Facilitate safe browsing:

Use a web browser created specially for kids, such as Kiddle, because it has safety controls and filters for young eyes built in. Otherwise, be sure to activate the content filters on your standard web browser or install mature content filtering software such as Net Nanny.

4. Explore together:

Write a list of apps and sites your child wants to visit. Then explore them together and make a judgement on their suitability. If they’re no good, seek and provide alternatives that are.

5. Keep screens visible:

Make a rule about being in the same room as your kids online and being able to see the screen so that while you’re cooking, working or chatting you can keep an eye on their online activity.

6. Stick to your rules:

As hard as it will be, don’t break the rules you’ve set.

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In Lesson 7 we’ll look at how to avoid cyber attacks and knowing the difference between them.

Note: This content is general advice and should not be construed as paid-for cyber security advice and instruction.

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