CybersafetyHow to enjoy all internet canprovide – with no harm!
What is “Cybersafety”?Cybersafety is the ability to act in a safe andresponsible manner while using connectedtechnology.
These behaviors protect personal informationand reputation and include safe practices tominimize danger from behavioral-based, ratherthan hardware/software-based, problems.
Teaching CybersafetySome rules must be followed to guarantee thesuccess of online navigation.It is important for parents and educators toteach children to follow these rules.
The main goal in teaching cybersafety is to helpchildren recognize online risks, make informeddecisions, and take appropriate actions toprotect themselves.
How to get to children?Parents can talk to children anytime, during thedinner, in the car, in family meetings...Educators can give tips during online activities ortasks.
Here are some of these rules1. Research before you register.2. Discriminate.3. Think before typing.4. Require ID.5. Trust your gut. It is important to remember these rules are for everyone! Not only kids!
1. Research before you registerBefore joining any online community, find out ifthe host site offers settings that will allow you tocontrol who can view your profile, becausedifferent sites offer different levels of protection.
2. DiscriminateStick to online activity that doesn’t require yourfull name or contact information. Always beskeptical of a site that asks for your e-mail,credit card number, or home address. Hackerscan only access the information provided overthe web.
3. Think before typingWhile connected, avoid mentioning anyinformation that a third party could use tolocate you—your school name, and the model ofyour car are all examples of things not to discussonline.
4. Require IDAs a rule of thumb, stick to messaging withpeople you actually know, and never agree tomeet in person with someone who found youonline.
5. Trust your gutIf you encounter a situation that feelsuncomfortable or wrong, there’s a good chancethat something’s up. Any time you feelthreatened by a person or situation on the Web,don’t hesitate to report it to your parents, thepolice, or site administrators.
Important!Parents and educators need to learn how to dealwith cyber environment so that they can providesupport to the children.They also need to communicate with kids andcheck when they are online.
It is necessary to show the benefits and risks forthe child to be able to use the tools in a smartway, enjoying what is good and being ready todeal with possible issues.
References: Internet Safe Coalition. (2009). C3 Matrix: Digital Citizenship. http://www.curriki.org/xwiki/bin/download/Coll _iKeepSafe/iKeepSafeC3Matrix/C3%20Matrix.pdf http://www.collegeview.com/articles/article/sma rt-students-in-a-digital-world http://www.ikeepsafe.org/articles/cybersafety- digital-citizenship-101/