Safer Internet Day is a great day to get to know the nasties lurking in your computer – but #saferinternetday shouldn’t be the only time that we teach, and learn, about those malwares and computer viruses that can inhabit and sabotage our PCs…

Meet the Malwares from Into Film on Vimeo.

This film is a collaboration between Into Film and The Industry Trust, and is a wonderful resource for schools, parents, and kids to help understand the main malicious software that can infect computers, IF you don’t keep your guard up! Computer viruses are the bane of most technology companies, and cost us millions a year in lost revenue, and heartache. Let’s make sure our children are educated about how to steer clear from an early an age as possible.

What nasites are lurking in your kids computer - this article shares the key ones with you, and in a way your kids will love and understand; through a great video!

There are a number of programs created specifically to gain information from your computer, and create havoc; from Malware, to Ransomware and Spyware. We really need to make sure our children are aware of everything; but in an informed way, not so they are a wee bit terrified. Though a little fear is probably a good thing….

Most importantly, we should be teaching them that there are measures that they can take to stay as safe as possible on the internet:

  1. Know the technology, so it doesn’t fool you, or worry you. This applied to you as well as your kids,
  2. Don’t EVER download anything illegal, if you are stealing from someone, then there is a good chance that hidden software within those downloads will be trying to steal from you too, and
  3. If you don’t like it, and it makes you feel uncomfortable or scared – report it. It is well worth installing the CEOP, or reporting a website them if there is anything that concerns your children or you.

If you aren’t sure what apps are safe, then do your research; you’d be surprised at the number of apps that let your kids talk to strangers for example! We do have ome great ideas, including 6 key ways to keep your kids safer online too, so why not check them out?

Technology, social media, and kids is a minefield these days. It is oh so tempting to hope that your children will be taught by their friends, and at school. However, one of the best ways to keep them safe, is to stay savvy ourselves, so don’t avoid the minefield. Just make sure you are well equipped to deal with it, just in case you need to go in an diffuse anything.

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Helen