CyberDefender Corporation (Nasdaq:CYDE), a provider of Internet
security software, utilities and Live PC Support services that work
together to maximize online safety for consumers, today announced 10
very important tips for parents looking to keep their children safe
online during the back to school season.
From online shopping scams to the dangers of chatting with strangers on
Facebook, these tips will help parents keep everyone safe just in time
for to the new school year.
— The new school year means new computers! Computers for young children
should be placed in a ‘common’ family space in the home, rather than
used privately in the bedroom – at least until parents are comfortable
with a child’s online safety knowledge and habits.
— Always ask your child to use an Internet “screen name” without any
identifying information such as their birth year, gender or age, and to
never use their real name online.
— Utilize parental control applications like those offered by your ISP or
within the latest versions of the Windows Operating System. Parental
control applications can help parents limit what their children can do
online and provide information on what types of online activities their
children are involved in.
— Spend time with your children online. Have them teach you about their
favorite online destinations and chat buddies. Going back to school
means new online friends and new “in” sites for parents to monitor.
— Review the websites and/or social networks accessed by your kids. It
might not be possible to be present at all times when your children are
online, but you can check later to see where your children have spent
their time online. By reviewing the History list in Internet Explorer,
Safari or Foxfire, you can see all the places your children visit
online. To view your Internet History, click the History button on the
— Find out what computer safeguards are utilized by your child’s school,
the public library, and at the homes of your child’s friends. These are
all places, outside your normal supervision, where your child could
encounter dangers online.
— Teach your children about the danger of meeting strangers online and to
never give out identifying information such as their name, home address,
school name, or telephone number.
— Ask children to tell mom/dad if they receive ANY email or instant
message chat from a friend or stranger that they find scary, upsetting
or makes them uncomfortable in any way whatsoever.
— If you are letting a child shop online for gifts, monitor what they are
doing and see what website they are on to ensure safety. Limit credit
card use to well known shopping sites, use temporary online credit card
numbers if your bank offers them, and monitor your credit for any
— Ensure computers have an Anti-Virus/Anti-Spyware program with the most
current security definitions to help keep threats which could capture
your child’s personal information off the computer. CyberDefender’s
Early Detection Center, for example, offers protection from viruses,
spyware, and phishing. For more complete protection, you might consider
a 24/7 all inclusive computer support service such as CyberDefender
LiveTech which employs U.S.- based technicians who can evaluate and fix
a wide range of computer issues remotely, including cleaning up
infections, which will speed up your system, connectivity issues, driver
problems, installation of new software, backup issues, essentially the
works, for more information visit CyberDefender.com.