54 percent of parents do not know if their child was persecuted on the Internet

New research by ESET, specializing in protection solutions for computers and mobile devices, showed that 54 percent of parents in the UK do not know if their child was persecuted on the Internet. The results of the research indicate a serious problem - lack of parents' knowledge in the field of safe use of the network. Parents do not know how to deal with the protection against the growing number of threats on the Internet, let alone the problem of persecution in the network of their own children. Experts give 8 principles that will help parents take care of children's safety while surfing the Internet.

Persecution and bullying is now an increasingly common phenomenon on the Internet. It usually takes the form of intimidation and threatening via mobile phones or a computer with access to the network. Experts emphasize that the majority of young people will experience this form of violence. According to the ESET report, nearly 45,000 last year children called on Childline - a telephone line for children seeking help because they had experienced harassment online. However, as the same research has shown, despite the increase in the number of persecutions on the Internet, 52 percent of parents have no idea what to do in case their child is persecuted on the internet.

To the question where you would report if your child was persecuted on the Internet - 70 percent of respondents answered that they would contact the administrators of the website who is involved in this problem. 45 percent would seek help from the school the child is attending, and 38 percent would contact ... the persecutor. The best way to deal with intimidation online is to talk to your child and understand his situation. Parents should advise the child not to react to threats and remove messages from the persecutor - they can be important proof. If the persecutor is another child at school, parents should contact the teacher or the director of the facility. If you are intimidated by a stranger, contact your Internet service provider who may block the child's contact with the child. The notification of the incident to the police is also crucial.

Eight ESET security rules for parents

  • Talk to your child about online privacy - your child should never give personal information to strangers on the Internet or in social networks.
  • Stay alert and monitor your child's online activity: set a password and let your child surf the Internet while you control his online activity. Set clear rules for using your computer.
  • Teach your child to take care of his privacy on social networks. If your child uses Facebook, make sure that the information he publishes online is only available to friends. Also control the list of friends themselves - suspicions should arouse people a lot older than the child. He felt the consolation that even in places like Facebook, lurking malware can be waiting for them, which can infect a computer in the same way that viruses carried on floppy disks did years ago. Remember that many applications require the user to share private data - teach your child to avoid such programs.
  • Do not let your child share posts on social media for everyone - then you can not control the spread of shared information, eg about your family trip to the Baltic Sea.
  • Information posted on the Internet does not disappear. Do not assume that after deleting a photo or even an account in a social network, all data stored there will be automatically deleted. Pictures and information may already be stored on the computer of another user of the network. Think twice before you post your or child's photos and data on the Internet.
  • Control the webcam - some variants of malware can access the camera without your knowledge. When your child does not use it, you can tape it with tape. Your kids should use the camera only to communicate with friends and family.
  • Update anti-virus software.
  • Update the operating system and installed applications.

The survey was conducted by ESET on a group of 971 parents and grandparents in the United Kingdom.

source: ESET

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