Tips for Protecting Your Kids Online

Trend Micro,  makers or internet security products have come up with a handy list of top tips for protecting your kids online.

· Keep all computers in common areas.

· Agree to time limits for using the Internet and all social devices.

· Keep software security up-to-date.

· Talk with your kids about entering personal information online.

· Run a manual scan with your software security and check browser history.

· Set profiles on social networking sites to private.

· Encourage children to be respectful of others.

· Teach children to have multiple passwords that are NOT associated with names, nicknames or commonly found information over the net.

· Most importantly, keep informed about the latest outbreaks and dangers on the Internet.

A recent survey by Trend Micro has revealed that, despite more than 50% of parents claiming not to have a clue about what’s going on in their teens’ digital world, only 3% of them actually monitor their kids’ online behaviour.

But it seems that, whilst the majority of parents do have these concerns, they don’t wish to – or don’t know how to – enforce controls on their kids. 97% admitted they still continued to leave their kids in an uncontrolled environment.

“The best way for a parent to overcome their fears about technology and what their children are up to online is to take the time to have a look at the technology their children are using,” said Will Gardner, CEO, Childnet. “Better still, get them to guide you through it. A conversation on how to keep safe and look after others online is a must.”

Trend Micro internet security 2009 software has enhanced parental controls. This means that parents can better tailor controls depending on the particular family member. New functionalities include the ability to control the date and time each child can go on the Internet and also the option to specify categories of information (such as home addresses, telephone numbers, passwords, etc.) they do not wish to be sent from a computer.

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