Stranger Danger - Cyber Security for Kids

Stranger Danger: Strategies for Keeping Kids Safe

Every parent wants to keep their child safe, but knowing the best way to do so can be difficult. The truth is, kids today face an entirely different set of dangers than those that their parents faced while growing up. Because of this, new strategies must be created, learned and used to keep kids safe. Stranger danger has always been at the forefront of parents’ minds in regards to child safety. As kids, our parents’ biggest concerns were talking to strangers on our street and getting stolen out in public. Today though, the internet brings a brand new type of stranger danger, a type that the parents often have no idea even exists until it is too late.

Parents can help their children understand the dangers of talking to and interacting with strangers, both online and in person, to help reduce the risk of abuse or abduction. The internet is a very powerful tool and so many good things come from it, but sometimes, having a high speed connection can bring on more problems if you don’t properly express the dangers to your children. The strategies are simple, but they could mean the difference between life and death for children.

Identifying a stranger

Many children are so trusting that they are willing to accept the word of a stranger as truth, especially when the stranger appears to know personal details about them or their family. Parents should explain to children that just because a person seems to know them, it doesn’t mean they aren’t a stranger. Today, you can’t trust anything that you hear from a person you meet online, even if they claim to be a police officer. To parents, this seems so obvious, but what we have to realize is that children aren’t as skeptical as we are because they haven’t seen all the negatives that the world has to offer.

Families should use safety measures such as ‘code words’ that are told only to people who are allowed to pick them up from school or drive them places. Anyone who is to be alone with the child should know the code word or be approved in person by a parent. Children need to understand that they can’t just take a stranger’s word that they are telling the truth, no matter who they are.

Saying NO

Children are taught to respect adults, but this can be a bad thing when a stranger is involved. If children are approached by a stranger, whether online or in person, they need to know that it’s okay to show defiance, especially if they are asked to go somewhere with a person they don’t recognize. Parents need to let their kids know that it’s okay to say no to strangers and if necessary, make a scene to get themselves out of an isolated situation. Sadly, many children who are abducted or who fall for internet scams by strangers don’t fight back because they fear that they will be in trouble with their parents if they say no or make a scene.

Cyber strangers

Even young children who have access to a computer are at risk from cyber strangers. Online predators use various methods to gain access to kids, including impersonating other children. Parents need to be aware of the sites that their child is visiting and teach good cyber safety habits. Even sites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, which seem innocent enough, are at very high risk to young people. Often, all it takes is a fake profile and teenage girls and boys will be willing to meet up. It is very important to keep an eye on what site your kids are visiting and who they are talking to. Also make sure your children know to:

-Never give out personal information.

-Never agree to meet in person without a parent present.

-Always tell a parent if something feels odd

By using these simple strategies above you should be able help guide your children to doing the right thing, but even though reading this will give your child some good guidance, it is of utmost importance to have an open and active dialogue with your children. Not only about meeting strangers in public, but about what they do on the internet daily and keeping an eye on how their internet activity may negatively affect them in the future. By doing this, parents have a better shot at helping to keep their kids safe even when they aren’t with them.

Wireless Internet— A Need for Every Rural Business

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These days there is no discounting the importance of the Internet to business. This need is in no way diluted for businesses that are located in rural areas. In fact, it could be argued that a rural business is even more in need of a strong Internet presence and a reliable service provider than its urban counterparts.

The problem is that a rural business may find itself facing great difficulty in securing Internet service “out in the country.” This is primarily due to a lack of providers who serve the area and a lack of infrastructure to carry the service to rural areas. If there are providers and an available infrastructure, often the systems are based on old telephone wire or aging cable TV networks that are unreliable and slow at best. For this reason wireless Internet has become a must-have for any rural business who wants to survive and stay competitive.

Two Options in Right Wireless Internet For Businesses

When choosing a wireless Internet option for your rural business, there are factors to consider.

Cell Phone Hot Spot

If the business is located in an area that has reliable, high quality cell phone coverage one option may be to get a cell phone and add a plan that offers the ability for it to act as a wireless hotspot. Such service will also require the use of a wireless router that provides for “repeater on ad-hoc” networking because many cellphones do not have a very strong signal or wide coverage area when in hotspot mode, usually only a few feet. A service that you are using for business needs to be more effective.

Activating this type of wireless Internet simply requires you to plug in the cell phone, turn on the Internet device, and set it to hotspot mode. With the computer or device you are using, connect to the router (which once set up, should happen automatically), and then use the Internet as usual. This is a very effective option for small businesses, both in terms of simplicity and cost.

Satellite Internet

Another option for wireless Internet for businesses is via satellite Internet service. Most providers now offer wireless Internet via 2-way satellite signal. Using a mini-dish receiver similar to those used for satellite television service, a rural business anywhere in the nation can get high speed wireless Internet, if there is a clear view of the southern sky from your location.

More technology is required for satellite Internet service than for a cell phone hot spot. The wider and more oval shaped satellite Internet dish has more wires than a TV satellite dish, and also has a “signal block” attached. The system is connected to a wireless router inside the building to provide coverage to all of the Internet devices your business relies on. The disadvantage is that such systems can be pricey and are usually bundled with television service which your business may not need. Although streaming music service from the satellite TV plan can be a nice addition to a business that regularly serves outside customers.

While the cost of installing satellite Internet may be higher initially, a consideration is that you may be able to actually save money by dropping your traditional business phone service, and using a Internet phone provider instead. Since your satellite Internet service provider is providing a strong, reliable all digital Internet signal, you will have better phone service than you could have ever dreamed of. Some VoIP providers offer unlimited local, long distance and select international calling for less than 20 dollars a month, while providing premium phone features you may not have available with older analog or hybrid systems in rural areas.

Wireless Internet is a must have for today’s rural business. The world is getting smaller thanks to the Internet. The local supplier who once was able to count on the same 100 locals to keep his doors open may be seeing some of those customers opting for cheaper sources online. Without getting online and becoming more competitive, that supplier may soon find himself going the same way as the rotary phone the wires currently carrying his Internet signal were designed for.

Revolutionize your rural online presence with reliable, wireless Internet for businesses. 

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