In the last decade, the number of suicides in teens and children has grown at an alarming rate, due to the increased reports of cases of cyberstalking and online harassment against children. The internet has made it very easy for stalkers to know about your child’s activities, preferences, what friends they keep and which school they go to.
It’s scary to know that all sensitive information about your child’s whereabouts can be leaked and parents can never get to know about it before hand. This phenomenon, where someone stalks a person online, is known as cyberstalking.
It is always important for parents to talk to their children regularly about cyberstalking and be sure that their child is not being bullied or threatened online.
It’s an issue that has created controversy and caused many problems, crimes, and even losses of lives, in the last decade or so. In fact, it has even led to the creation of new “cyber laws”.
Multiple researches and surveys reflect the growing concerns of parents and suggests that 70% victims of cyberstalking are kids under the age of 18. Since kids of this age-group are innocent and naïve, they have a tendency to give in to the unethical requests of cyber stalkers out of curiosity.
Since kids of this age-group are innocent and naïve, they have a tendency to give in to the unethical requests of cyber stalkers out of curiosity.
Therefore, parents need to take extra precautionary measures and be over cautious when it comes to their kids’ online safety. PureVPN, being a cyber-security company, takes cyberstalking very seriously and understands the detrimental consequences it can have on an individual’s life and mental health. This guide is an effort to PureVPN’s
This guide is an effort to PureVPN’s stop cyberstalking campaign, which is intended to create awareness among people about cyberstalking and its impact on the victims.
The purpose of the cause is to create awareness among people and equip them with methods and the knowledge to stay away from cyber stalkers or deal with them in an efficient manner. Here are 7 internet safety tips to help you protect your child from cyberstalking:
Here are 7 internet safety tips to help you protect your child from cyberstalking:
Tip 1: Create Ground Rules
Talk to your children frequently about the dos and don’ts they have to follow whenever they are online. Create a list of ground rules and explain to your children why it’s important to keep them in mind at all times. It’s always a good idea to get the list in hard copy and put it up around your home so that your kids get to see it often.
Tip 2: Keep your home network secure
Apply a strong password to your home’s Wi-Fi network. A good idea is to not share the password with children. In case you need to connect one of your child’s devices to the internet, put in the password yourself. However, if the password needs to be shared with kids, make sure you emphasize the importance of keeping that password secure from anyone who is an outsider, be it a friend or neighbor.
Tip 3: Never Share Passwords
Let your kids understand that a password for a particular account is supposed to be known only to the person who owns that account. A password is a good way of protecting your account from any malicious activity as long as no one else knows it. In case your child has revealed their password to anyone, instruct them to change it instantly.
Tip 4: Never Give out Address and Contact info to Strangers
While there are thousands of people on the internet who would be willing to help out people, an equal number – or may be even more – consists of people with evil intentions. Your kids, if unfamiliar with the dangers of internet can fall prey to people who appear to be sweet and helpful. They can make your children give out personal information such as phone numbers and email addresses, giving the cyberstalker with just another incentive to harm your child.
Tip 5: Learn To Avoid Clicking Links
As adults, we all understand that 95% of links that show up on a webpage are click baits and can lead users to malicious pages that can install spyware on your child’s device. A spyware can broadcast your child’s location and activity to a cyber-stalker every minute, greatly compromising the online safety of your kids. Make sure your children understand that not every link that appears interesting contains relevant content. It’s a great practice to avoid clicking any links at all.
Tip 6: Implement Parental Controls on Your Kids’ Devices
Different software are available that allow parents to implement parental controls on their home network or on their child’s device. With parental controls, parents can decide what type of content their kids can see on the internet. The internet contains all types of content, some of which can be extremely inappropriate for children and can disturb them mentally and emotionally.
Tip 7: Monitor Social Media Activity
Be sure that your kids are making friends with only those people they know, and are having appropriate conversations with their contacts. Naturally, children can get easily influenced by cyberstalkers for sending and receiving explicit pictures and other inappropriate content. Some wise parents go on to the extent of making a pseudo profile and sending a friend request to see if their child accepts it or not. If you child accepts friend requests from strangers, it should raise a red flag about your child’s safety online.
This guide is an honest effort by PureVPN in helping parents protect their child’s safety online. While there can be many more tips that can be included within, these online safety tips provide a basic framework for any parent to ensure their kids online safety. Feel free to contribute your thoughts in comments underneath or on PureVPN’s cause website of anti-cyberstalking.
PureVPN stands with all those who are against cyberstalking and want to make internet a safe place for everyone. You can also contribute to the cause by sharing your experiences and stories related to cyberstalking.