Cyber safety for kids



Being on the computer and smart devices these days is a new reality for our children. The big question is, how do we protect them from malicious content? We interviewed Mr. Red Soto who has over 15 years of experience in information technology and security. He has spoken at many international conferences about cyber security like ISSA, ISC2, OWASP and DEFCON Economy. He has also been featured in BBC, Forbes, VICE, Fox News, Univison and CNN.

What are the potential risks for young internet users?

There are multiple risks for young internet users, the first and principal is the exposure to inappropriate content and also unknown, unverified persons that may be deceitful and even harmful to them.

How we can protect our kids from cyberbullying and spamming?

Limiting the exposure helps decrease the risk of cyberbullying or being targeted with spamming. Minors should not have social media accounts and if they do they should not be allowed to post anything that can reveal their identity, whereabouts, pictures, or even real names. Users who expose their life details have the most risk of being targeted. Parents should monitor and control access to these applications. Social media applications are made to drive the exposure of their users. Also, be very careful as well of online games that require players to give location and personal data, these places can also be as risky as social media.

How can we protect our kids from inappropriate or inaccurate content like adult content-pornography?

You can establish parent controls

Setup a family sharing ID https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201084

Setup controls on app purchases and content limitation

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201304

This will prevent unauthorized purchases, block application installation, and set limits on content based on age.

The above procedures apply to Apple devices, I also recommend for non-apple devices applications such as Mcafee https://family.mcafee.com/ family safe, this can also be applied to non-apple computers. The goal is to limit, monitor, and control internet usage, the more time spent on the internet the likelihood of exposure increases.

How can parents protect their computers and data?

Protect access to the computer, with strong passwords and physical safety. Install antivirus, make sure your computer is always up to date. Do not open unsolicited links, pictures, or movie files. Only browse and purchase from known and reputable stores. Set up multiple-factor authentication for every application or important site you frequent be it financial,

social, or healthcare. Always do an additional backup to a hard drive or USB drive, encrypted, and place it in a safe.

How can you protect your Privacy from online marketers and avoid content don't desirable and malicious?

Opt-out of every email list, publish the least personal details you can of your persona, apply the same principles of exposure as the children, the least you post the least they

will know about you. Never place your sensitive details on ANY site, always try to say the least you can about yourself. Do not trust social media, they sell your information and they also get compromised and your information will probably be available in the open on the internet. Do not reply or answer emails, phone calls, or messages from unknown, private numbers.

Never provide sensitive details over the phone or email.


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