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Kids Safety: My Criticized And Improved Edition


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#1 rock278

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Posted 21 February 2015 - 04:18 PM

Right, I couldn't decide where to put this, but its about staying safe online.

 

Most of these rules that I've seen on websites about keeping safe online are false or have something wrong in that statement, I am here to improve that.

 

Note: Source of these rules online will be at bottom of post.

 

Kids Safety:

 

1. Don’t post any personal information online – like your address, email address or mobile number.

 

Pros:

Posting addresses, emails and mobile numbers online ARE dangerous, not saying that its OKAY to let out this stuff.. But-

 

Cons:

 

You might need to give email addresses out to websites like Bleeping Computer to register as a user, other virtual worlds like Bin Weevils, Club Penguin needs an email address, but that should be your/their parents. Address and mobile number maybe if you're entering a competition online. However, just please don't.. Put it on a popup saying: "YOU WON! CONGRATS! TYPE YOUR MOBILE NUMBER AND HOME ADDRESS HERE AND GET A PUPPY!"

 

2. Think carefully before posting pictures or videos of yourself.  Once you've put  a picture of yourself online most people can see it and may be able to download it, it’s not just yours anymore.

 

Pros: Boom! As a careful user like me I don't release this stuff, not even Facebook or Youtube. Its true. For a change.

 

Cons: None

 

3. Keep your privacy settings as high as possible

 

Pros: True, true..

 

Cons: I should've read further down the page..

 

4. Never give out your passwords

 

Pros: True.....

 

Cons: Im an idiot.

 

5. Don’t befriend people you don’t know

 

Pros: As long as you don't meet them in public, or they ask for photos or videos of you.

 

Cons: Not befriending people you don't know is going to make the internet hell for you! I belong in a gaming community and been there for 2 years, I know everyone there and that makes the experience better. If you have no friends in real life that knows about computers, viruses, hardware, find a friend online and stick with them!

 

Con about my statement: You can improve it if you want.. My opinions though.

 

6. Don’t meet up with people you’ve met online.  Speak to your parent or carer about people suggesting you do

 

Pros: True

 

Cons: None

 

7.  Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are

 

Pros: True.. But-

 

Cons: None I can think of.. But doesn't mean you should stop interacting with them!

 

8.  Think carefully about what you say before you post something online

 

Pros: Anything you say on the internet.. STAYS THERE!!

 

Cons: TRUE

 

9. Respect other people’s views, even if you don’t agree with someone else’s views doesn’t mean you need to be rude

 

Pros: Yes, please respect my view as well :P

 

Cons: Meh.

 

10.   If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried: leave the website, turn off your computer if you want to and tell a trusted adult immediately.

 

Pros: To be honest.... None.

 

Cons: Okay, so this will be one alot will disagree with.. But in MY opinion of this, the above 'rule' in my version would be like this: 'If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried: Leave the website''

Done, no need to turn off your computer, or tell a trusted adult that you 'accidentally' clicked on a porn site and now you got trojans.

Or seen private parts of grown-ups.. But like I said, no need to turn OFF the computer, just leave the website

 

Things these rules missed out! IMPORTANT THINGS!

 

1. Don't click on ads! Get an adblock!(LISTEN! I know that alot of people want to respect advertisments.. Don't have to follow this..)

 

2. Don't be that parent that says 'Firefox messed up the computer'....

 

3. (My Opinion) Nortan AntiVirus is the ONE of the WORST AntiViruses you can get. Avast.. Meh never tried it.. Kapersky.. Not sure.. But I trust MalwareBytes.. and a few(5) other anti malware/rootkit thingys but.. Yeah, MalwareBytes is what I recommend. 

 

4. I know all those smileys and emojis toolbars or free video downloaders are waiting for you.. But don't touch them! If its too good to be true.. It most likely is.

 

NOTES:

 

Im saying this.. But I'm 12 years old(few weeks 'till 13) And I have alot of knowledge of such things like trojans, adware, worms, exploits and all those other words parents don't understand. Hopefully I can find other support websites and help parents and adults online and keep them safe.. Hopefully in a few years I can apply for engineering courses online and do tech support as a side job. However right now, I just want people that don't understand computers to stay safe and make sure nothing bad happens to their computer.. Good night/day!

 

Bump this if you want.. Sorry..

 

-rock278

 

Sources: http://www.safetynetkids.org.uk/personal-safety/staying-safe-online/


Edited by rock278, 21 February 2015 - 04:19 PM.


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Posted 21 February 2015 - 04:50 PM

:welcome: to Bleeping Computer rock278.

"Knowledge and the ability to use it is the best defensive tool anyone could have."
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You are definitly on the right path for 12 years old so keep on learning and sharing with others. :thumbup2:

Since you are look for other resources....here are a few more to check out.

Resources for Parents: Child Safety on the Internet:
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Posted 21 February 2015 - 04:53 PM

Most of the tips you stated are to avoid a person being compromised online. To avoid being "doxed" or "social engineered". Of course, all of these comes down to common sense, logic and awareness but if a kid's parents don't teach him these values at home and help him put them in practice, it won't have a lot of effects. I, for one, personally think that there should be a mandatory class in school now that teaches you how to stay safe on the Internet and how to make sure that your personal information don't get compromised. This is where we are at in our society today, this is how important technology is, the Internet is and how everyone will in a way or the other end up using it. So if they are to use it, might as well be prepared to use it the right, secure way.

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Posted 21 February 2015 - 05:22 PM

Hopefully when I'm not tired, I will post other threads directly for parents and what I think they should do to help their kids online. Also I know some things about trojans, worms, exploits, and malware.(From things that I detect from my friends computer)


Edited by rock278, 21 February 2015 - 05:23 PM.


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Posted 21 February 2015 - 06:11 PM

Here are a few more articles to share...

 

Resources for Parents: Social Networking and Children:


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Posted 22 February 2015 - 07:13 AM

Rock278:

 

Great post, but one clarification is required: Malwarebytes is not an anti-virus solution.  It is an anti-malware application.  If you go to the Malwarebytes Forums, you will note that they STRONGLY recommend running a robust anti-virus solution alongside Malwarebytes.

 

Have a great day.

 

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Posted 22 February 2015 - 07:24 AM

A similar statement is in this Malwarebytes HelpDesk Article: Does Malwarebytes Anti-Malware replace antivirus software?
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Posted 22 February 2015 - 08:06 AM

Also to add my two cents: Emsisoft Anti-Malware is also an effective AV and AM solution. And unlike Malwarebytes can be run alone.

Also, some solutions that had been effective in the past like Spybot Search & Destroy, SUPERAntiSpyware, Ad-Aware are no longer recommended.

And then there's about emails and attachments...

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Posted 22 February 2015 - 09:42 AM

Yeah, I need an Anti-Virus cause I don't use one.



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Posted 22 February 2015 - 09:48 AM

Going on the Internet without an AV is very dangerous, little one :)

There are some trustworthy free AVs out there. My personal choice is BitDefender.

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Posted 22 February 2015 - 10:00 AM

Yeah, I need an Anti-Virus cause I don't use one.

You can read about that or start a new topic and ask in the Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware Software. This forum is primarily for issues related to general security.
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