Security company warns of 'Back to School' online safety

Kaspersky Lab warns parents over online safety as kids go back to school

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Security company warns of 'Back to School' online safety Kaspersky said that as well a wealth of useful material online, kids can easily find undesirable content like adult material or violence.
By  Helen Gaskell Published  September 2, 2014

Children will be back studying and researching in front of their computers, tablets and smartphones as they head back to school this week and Kaspersky Lab has warned that parents need to pay special attention to their children's online activities.

The company said that as well a wealth of useful material online, kids can easily find undesirable content like adult material or violence and sites focused on drug abuse, self-harm or even suicide, so are recommending ways to parents of how to keep their children safe online.

"Limit the amount of time kids spend online. Everybody would agree that most children are probably spending too much time online. That's why it is important to have strict guidelines about the time a child spends on a computer." Kaspersky Lab said in a statement.

It also advises parents to control the content that their children look at by using a parental control feature which can enable parents to limit how long their children can use the Internet, as well as blocking access to inappropriate sites and games and prevent personal data being shared with others.

Kaspersky's recommendations of what tips parents should share with their children include: not making private information available to the public or sending it to strangers, especially contact details, address and school name; not to tell anyone their phone number or e-mail, or publish the information on a social network page; not to click any links from unknown senders; and not to trust tempting messages of any sort, such as free stuff and discounts but to delete those messages and not to click any links.

As children also have access to the Internet via tablets, smartphones and other devices, Kaspersky has also advised that parents should ensure those devices are protected against cyber threats as well.

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