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Tips on protecting children from online graphic content

Kaspersky Lab UK : 06 May, 2013  (Technical Article)
Kaspersky Lab reacts to violent content on social networking site, Facebook with tips on how parents can protect youngsters from graphic content
Tips on protecting children from online graphic content

Following the news that Facebook has said it will remove decapitation videos following a backlash from various charities, David Emm, Senior Security Researcher at Kaspersky Lab made the following comments.

"As a parent, it can be difficult to protect your child when they play or socialise online without having to worry about well established websites such as Facebook. It’s almost inevitable that curious youngsters will find ways to access questionable content online. However, it’s a whole different matter when a company such as Facebook decides it has no responsibility to remove graphically violent material from its network.

With younger generations becoming more IT literate and parents increasingly turning to mobile devices, online games and apps as a means of entertaining their kids, this example highlights the importance of taking steps to protect your children online when the websites and social media sites they use do not. Content that is appropriate for an 18 year old will not be suitable for a 10 year old and sometimes it can only be a few clicks away. Research by Kaspersky Lab conducted earlier this year proved this by finding that children were as little as three clicks away from videos of an adult nature on YouTube.  

Internet security solutions can be used to help us explore the web safely and securely but ultimately it is the job of a parent to make sure their child stays as safe as possible.

My tips for protecting your family online are:

1 Supervision – This may seem obvious, but supervise your child’s internet use. Allow the use of the internet only in public areas of a household where you can clearly see what websites they are searching. Encourage them to visit and stay on websites you’re familiar with. If you have any concerns you can look at their browsing history. Be sure to know about any password protected sites they may be accessing and ask them to share their login details with you.

2 Be open – Encourage your child to be open about what they are doing online and who they are socialising with. Promote a culture of safety within the home and talk about the possible dangers which exist. Make sure that your child only communicates with people they know as cybercriminals can use fictional profiles to trick children into giving out personal details which can be used to steal an identity and money.

3 Protect your family – Use parental control to block sites you don’t want your child looking at as part of your online security product – it’s an easy way to avoid disaster.

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