Maintain computer Anti-virus and ensure Firewall is on
Beware of unsolicited Emails asking for personal or Bank details - Banks will NEVER do this. Do NOT use links from Emails to Banks etc.
Use secure passwords - Combination of letters & numbers. Keep passwords secure; including from your children. If your computer offers to save your passwords, click 'NO'.
Only give credit card or bank details to reputable company websites
Ensure that the websites use secure links before sending credit card or bank information. (Check the start of the website address - It should be https://... , - The 's' denotes 'secure'.)
Before using a wireless connection ensure that it is encrypted. Most 'Hot spots' and public access facilities are NOT encrypted. Many home systems are not encrypted by default. Get expert help if unsure.
Parents should be careful to check the age requirements for any social networking site before allowing their children to set up a profile. Most have a minimum age limit.
Facebook accounts are not allowed for children under 13 years of age. This means that NO child attending Hilldene should have a Facebook account.
Things to Remind Your Child About:
Never give personal information about yourself or the family. Names, addresses. School etc, times at school or not at home, places I like to go to.
Avoid posting photographs of yourself or family
Do accept a contact as a 'friend' unless you already know then as a friend in real life.
Don't give out personal information without your parents' permission. This means you should not share your last name, home address, school name, or telephone number. Remember, just because someone asks for information about you does not mean you have to tell them anything about yourself!
Screen NameWhen creating your screen name, do not include personal information like your last name or date of birth.
Don't share your password with anyone but your parents. When you use a public computer make sure you logout of the accounts you have accessed before leaving the computer.
Don't post photos or videos online without getting your parents' permission.
Don't agree to meet an online friend unless you have your parents' permission. Unfortunately, sometimes people pretend to be people they are not. Remember that not everything you read online is true.
Don't buy anything online without talking to your parents first. Some ads may try to trick you by offering free things or telling you that you have won something as a way of collecting your personal information.
Talk to your parents before you open an email attachment or download software. Attachments sometimes contain viruses. Never open an attachment from someone you don't know.
Don't send or respond to mean or insulting messages. Tell your parents if you receive one. If something happens online that makes you feel uncomfortable, talk to your parents or to a teacher at school.
Many social networking websites (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Second Life and MySpace) and blog hosting websites have minimum age requirements to signup. These requirements are there to protect you!