5 network security rules
16 September 2019, Monday

Information security is the necessary skills for the safe and efficient use of digital technology and the Internet. This concept includes: the protection of personal data, a strong password, a culture of behavior, ethics and legal content. Every person who uses the network should know and follow simple rules that will help prevent the leakage of personal information. Tell the children how and what to do to feel safe online.

1. Use strong passwords.

The password should not contain a name, surname or other publicly available information, and also consist only of numbers or words. To make it reliable, use letters, numbers and symbols in one password. Be sure to change the password at least once every six months, so if someone knows your password, he will not be able to use your account for a long time. Do not tell the passwords to other people, even if they are your friends. If you use someone else’s device, be sure to log out of your accounts at the end of the session.

2. The Internet remembers everything.

It is important to remember that nothing can be removed from the Internet: everything that you leave there will be there forever. Tell the children that for the words spoken on the Internet, a person bears the same responsibility as in real life. Make sure they know that the rules of good behavior apply everywhere - even in the virtual world. Explain what ethics and culture of behavior are, as well as the fact that the publication of any content should be treated with wisdom and caution.

3. Do not share personal information.

Explain to the children that some types of information are generally safe for sharing on the Internet, and some are not. Name and surname, address, email address, phone numbers, passwords, credit card numbers, mother’s maiden name is personal information that is dangerous to share on the Internet with strangers.

4. Choose the right websites.

Tell your children more about Internet sites and resources, talk about their interests and what websites they can visit. Pay attention to the age limits of websites. Many online services, including Google, provide access to all functions only to those who have reached the age of majority, and only those over 13 years old can create Google accounts.

5. Respect copyright.

Help children understand what ownership and copyright are, especially in a digital world. When a person exchanges files on the network - this is not an exchange, but the creation of copies. The fact that we have a copy of something does not mean that we have the right to make more copies in order to give or sell to other people. Remember, the Internet is an ever-evolving resource. It not only provides great opportunities, but also hides huge dangers inside. Information security is one of the important skills of a modern network user, even a very young one.

Video resource: mel.fm