The internet is a wonderful thing. It has given everyone in the world instant access to an endless supply of knowledge and entertainment. But like most things in this world, it has a dark side. Over time, the internet has proven useful for education, businesses, and has helped everyone become more productive. If there’s anything we don’t know, we can easily find information about it using our favourite search engines. We can now instantly communicate with our loved ones, friends or even potential business partners and clients, regardless of the distance between us. Some countries have drastically reduced the use of cash because of electronic or online banking. We can even shop online from our own homes! The list of things you can do is just endless! The freedom and power brought by the internet to everyone meant that it was only a matter of time until it was used inappropriately. It has given rise to countless dangers. Just recently, a twisted online game called The Momo Challenge started sweeping through the internet. Hackers are using a terrifying sculpture of a woman-bird hybrid in order to threaten and scare people into harming themselves. Want to do something to protect your loved ones? We’re here to help! They say that knowledge is power, so let’s start with that. If we know more about what we’re up against, then we’ll be better equipped to handle and prevent situations involving these dangers. This is the reason why so many people are taking part in public awareness campaigns for various issues. Below is a list of some of the things you might encounter online. Malware There are numerous kinds of malware, but spyware is one of the most troublesome. It infiltrates your device and steals sensitive information, including your bank accounts and passwords. You can get malware by opening links or attachments from unknown or spoofed emails, by downloading files and applications from malicious sites, or from malicious online ads. Whenever your children download something, you should always check if they are doing so from a trusted source. Cyberbullying The regular type of bullying ends when a child leaves the school. Sometimes, teachers and parents can even intervene to put an end to certain bullying incidents. However, the same cannot be said when it comes to cyberbullying. Even when a child goes home, the bullying resumes as soon as they connect to the internet. Be sure to take steps to find out what your children are being exposed to on social media websites and chat apps. Scams Communication became easy thanks to the internet. This means scammers can easily contact you and your loved ones. Most of them offer attractive rewards in exchange for information. Children can easily be tricked into sharing sensitive information, like their parents’ IDs and credit card info. Make sure that your child understands that they shouldn’t share any information like this and that these kinds of people cannot be trusted. Sexual predators Predators can approach and befriend Read more [...]
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