WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW?

As a Parent, we all know that the Internet can be a wonderful place to access information but the Internet is a big place and with it comes Dangers. We didn’t grow up with the internet at our fingertips, but your kids have. It is important that there is an organization whose sole job is to protect them, educate them in positive communication and cyber risks and teach life coping skills so that they navigate this rapidly changing environment with confidence.

As a Parent, the aim is to know more than or at least as much about the Internet as your own child does. If your child knows more than you do, which is the situation for 99% of parents, then they will always be able to maneuver their way around any restrictions you set. So first let’s look at the dangers, identify them and tell you how to counteract them.

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So What Are The Risks For Kids Using The Internet?

PREDATORS

Internet predators are people who lie about their age and pretend to be of an age that is similar to your child’s. They can do this with great ease, as all interaction happens from behind a screen with no verification process. These internet predators target children and lure them into meeting them or disclose information/pictures etc without a parent’s knowledge. This process isn’t one that happens overnight either, as this interaction might last for weeks/months or even years, until the predator has built up trust with your child. These internet predators unfortunately exist on most social networks.

Predators can be anyone, anywhere, working in any profession. Cybersmarties is a locked down social network meaning only children have access to use it. Each child is verified as a real child through their school and the platform is fully monitored by real people.

ACCESS TO WEBSITES

Although one of the positive aspects of the internet is the wide variety of websites that are available, this is also one of its biggest dangers for children. Such availability of websites can lead your child to unintentionally come across inappropriate websites such as grown up social networking websites, adult chat rooms, pornographic websites, and websites that are violent in nature.

When children are on Cybersmarties, they cannot access any search engines to bring them to any negative websites. We have games, cartoons, coding, art, memes etc to keep them entertained and keep them on Cybersmarties where they are safe.

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PRIVACY

Not all information is private online. Most social networks have the ability to have either a public or a private account. However, most children who are on grown up social networks have their accounts open, which can lead to personal information being gathered.

Cybersmarties holds no data on any child. As we have a unique registration process, we do not need email addresses and at the end of each year each child’s data is erased.

CyberSmarties.com is the first, safe educational social network for primary school kids. Cybersmarties is only for kids, no adults are allowed – each child is authenticated as a real child.

Cybersmarties is fully monitored and is a fully locked down system. No data is kept on any child and kids cannot upload pictures of themselves (They use fun avatars instead). Kids are currently using CyberSmarties which uses behavioral technology combined with education to teach children positive online behavior, eliminate cyber-bullying and protect their online presence. We have reduced cyberbullying by 99% in every school we operate in across the world – We’re very proud of that.

UNICEF/Global Partnership To End Violence Against Children

We are proud to announce we are officially a member of the UNICEF/ Global Partnership to End Violence against Children! Every year, 1+ billion children suffer violence in diverse forms: physical, psychological, sexual, and cyber-bullying.

Children with hopes, dreams, and the potential to change the world. Cybersmarties are committed to contributing to the partnership in our capacity to protect children online and provide a safe haven for children to communicate together, learn and most importantly just be children

FACEBOOK PARENTS PORTAL

Meta has policies, resources and tools in place, to protect young children online.

RESTRICTIONS AND CHILDREN WINDOWS 10 ACCOUNT – HOW TO SETUP MICROSOFT FAMILY WITH WINDOWS 10 FILTERS

Windows 10 offers the facility to restrict access to programs that can be run, websites that can be surfed and limit screen time.

MOZILLA FIREFOX – FREE PARENTAL FILTER ADD ON

Mozilla Firefox has an add-on security filter (Fox Web Security) that provides protection from dangerous sites.

GOOGLE CHROME – FREE PARENTAL FILTER ADD ON

Parental control and safe browsing by blocking inappropriate sites, can be enabled in the Google Chrome browser.

APPLE’S SAFARI – PARENTAL CONTROLS INTERNET CONTENT FILTER

Mac/iOS can automatically filter website content to limit access to adult content in Safari and other apps on your iOS device.

On your Mac, do one of the following:

If you’re using Family Sharing: Log in to your Mac user account, then make sure you’re signed in with your Apple ID.

If you aren’t using Family Sharing: Log in to a family member’s Mac user account.

Choose Apple menu > System Settings, then click Screen Time in the sidebar. (You may need to scroll down.)

If you’re using Family Sharing, click the Family Member pop-up menu on the right, then choose a family member.

Click Content & Privacy, then turn it on if it’s not on already.

To restrict web content, click Content Restrictions, then turn options on or off. See Change Content Restrictions settings in Screen Time.

To restrict films, TV programmes and app purchases, click Store Restrictions, then turn options on or off. See Change Store Restrictions settings in Screen Time.

To restrict apps, click App Restrictions, then turn options on or off. See Change App Restrictions settings in Screen Time.

To lock certain settings, click Preference Restrictions, then turn options on or off. See Change Preference Restrictions settings Screen Time.

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