How Careful Are You Online?

How Careful Are You Online?

When using the Internet make sure you are safe online. The Internet is used for research, for business, to find work, to shop, along with other sorts of things. Even though it's used for positive things, it's also used for scams. Online safety is more important than ever because more and more people are getting scammed.

Why the Internet Can Be A Dangerous Place

Thieves come in all shapes and forms, but the Internet seems to be flooded with them. The reason is that they are hiding behind a computer screen. That makes it harder to track them down. Online scams occur more because people aren't aware of them. These hackers are becoming more and more clever when it comes to stealing people's identities and money. Scams come in the form of fake Internet viruses claiming you need to pay them money. They also come in the form of websites selling products and hacking into people's bank accounts.Even using social media can be dangerous especially when people overexpose themselves. Providing your full name and hometown is all hackers need to look up a person's address and phone number. Even uploading videos and pictures can be dangerous because millions of people view them. Kids are the worst victims when it comes to Internet dangers. According to Covenant Eyes, more than one in 8 web searches have erotic content. Viewing too much pornography at a young age is linked to more permissive attitudes about sex. They are also more likely to become sexually active early and engage in one night stands.Covenant Eyes also says 79% of youths unwanted exposure to Internet porn takes place in the home. Another danger of the Internet world involving children is sending naked pictures or sexting. According to Covenant Eyes, one in five teens who receive a sext share it with someone. 20% of teens have sent a sext to get someone to like them. What people especially children need to realize is that whatever is sent or posted will be out there forever.The Internet is also a place where children are exposed to online predators. The Internet is great for meeting people, yet you have to be careful with whom you're talking to. They often prey on children who have low self-esteem and have a desire for romance. According to Covenant Eyes, 76% of predators are 26 or older. Often the parents are unaware of the relationship. It can also lead to kidnapping and abduction.

How to Protect Yourself Online

One of the best ways to be safe online is to be careful about the amount of information you share. If you are on social media avoid using your full name, hometown, phone number or other personal information. Only use PayPal when doing online shopping. PayPal is the safest way to send and receive payments on the Internet. It protects you from Internet hackers getting your credit card information. When receiving negative messages online never respond, responding is what cyberbullies want, and it often leads to continuous harassment. The best way for parents to ensure their kids are safe online is to monitor the content. Block websites and other explicit content on the Internet. Keeping an eye on their social media accounts and keep computers out of their rooms also helps. Also, talk to kids about not sharing their passwords and the importance of Internet safety.

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