Be Careful Online- Your Safety Matters

     

                     BE CAREFUL ONLINE-YOUR SAFTEY MATTERS by Tricia Smith

Safety for myself and family is paramount. As a country, we have advanced in health and safety over the years from 1884 to present. Safety means the ability to protect oneself and personal information whether online, home or school and work environment. Hence, we should strive towards educating our family about their health and safety. However, to educate other, we first must educate ourselves. As a result, we can reduce incidents, identity theft, injuries and illness.

 

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What will you have to learn to teach this course safely?

There are numerous things that are important to know before we can teach our family about  online safety. For example, you need to know more about cyber security to teach others about online safety. This can be done by posing the question:

“How private is your personal information?”

It is a known fact that worldwide, people have had their identity stolen as well as their accounts hacked. One of the main reasons stems from their lack of cyber security knowledge as it relates to their password. Some people have had the same password for years and they also use the same password for everything. However, this does not make them cyber secure. It is therefore, highly encouraged that to practice cyber safety, individuals should try, as much as possible, to have a different password for everything. In support of this, (Jovic, 2021) states that passwords are very important, and you should create one that no one can guess as well to do account safety updates when prompted.

I believe that children can be taught password protection from an early age. From as early as 5 years of age, I have seen where my son’s dad taught him the password to log into his computer. We have also created a password for him to use to log into his games or iPAD. As my son got older, he started asking for the Wi-Fi password and now that he is learning about online purchases, he is asking about password for our credit cards. Though, we find this hilarious, we use this as a mini-lesson opportunity to educate him about the fact that it is not ok to give out the password for certain things as they are personal. Very soon, we will consider helping him to crate a second password so that he does not have to use the same one for everything.

Additionally, Online Safety at Home (N.D) states that children should be advised and educated about pop-up links that request them to click onto another website. In educating our children or family members about cyber security, we can advise them to first consider whether the link is safe to click on.  In the past, I have received many links to my phone and sometimes it is difficult to decide whether I should click on the link. What I do in this instance, is to email the link to an email address that I rarely use and open it from there. If it is not important, I then delete the link from my phone.

To better educate our children and family members about online safety, we can advise them about how liking a Facebook page can result in people learning about your personal information. We can also advise them that they should not post too much about themselves on social media. I have seen were people post almost everything about themselves on social media. For example, I have had to have asked my little brother to remove a post he made on Instagram. He recently started working at a restaurant in another city and posted a photo of himself at the restaurant where he works while in his work shirt and tagged his work location. I had to tell him to delete the post as not everyone needed to know where he is, what he is doing and where he is working. I also told him that the less people know about him on social media, the better it is for him as well as to maintain his safety. In citing this example, we need to also educate young children and adolescents that no only should they not post certain photos of themselves online, but they should also not give out their address of where they live, work or attend school.

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