Follow these 10 tips to keep your children safe on the internet.

  1. 先教育你自己,再教育你的孩子.

    Banning a child from certain sites may only motivate them to spend more time on them, whereas educating your child on how to keep safe will give them the tools they need to navigate their online world without being hurt; from not posting personal information to a site to understanding that people they are talking to may not actually be who they are. 如果父母自己知道危险, this sets an example to the child to understand them as well.

  2. 教孩子明显的身份规则.

    告诉你的孩子 to put photos of themselves on the Internet or to give out their 名字s, 地址, 电话号码, 学校, 或其他网上个人信息.

  3. Install an Internet filter or family safety software.

    Family safety software is becoming extremely advanced and an effective way to filter dangerous content. 另外, this software usually comes with tools like time management, 远程监控和报告, 以及击键识别, giving families greater peace of mind and manageability.

  4. Know the dangers associated with sites your children frequent.

    一盎司预防胜似十分治疗. 不管是MySpace, 脸谱网或其他社交网站, by knowing what people are doing on your children's favorite sites that could put them in harm's way, parents can educate their children and show them the warning signs of potentially dangerous situations.

  5. Teach children what to do if they encounter pornography on a home or public computer, 比如在学校或图书馆.

    In a similar fashion to the fire warning of "stop, 抛球滚球," you can teach children to quickly turn off power to the computer monitor and go to get an adult. This can prevent a child from attempting to stop the situation by clicking more buttons (and thereby spreading the attack and being exposed to more porn).

  6. 管理孩子的上网时间.

    Scheduling times when a child can be on the Internet and the amount they can be online ensures that you know when they are on the Internet and how long. By not allowing them to have free reign reduces their chances of being exposed to inappropriate content.

  7. Set specific Internet guidelines for your children to live by and consistently enforce consequences, 如果他们没有被跟随.

    Giving your children specific guidelines to follow will ensure they know where they stand when it comes to how they use the Internet as well as the consequences when they breach the rules. 如果父母始终如一地执行结果, their children will be more likely to follow the rules.

  8. Keep computers out of children's bedrooms and in open areas.

    电脑都是公开的, children will be less inclined to view and access material that may not be acceptable.

  9. Create a relationship with your children that is conducive to open communication.

    Open communication and trust is extremely valuable. By letting children know what is expected from them and that their safety is a top priority, they will feel that if something happens --whether they are approached by a cyber stranger or bully or receive an inappropriate e-mail - they can approach a parent to resolve the issue without feeling they are in trouble.

  10. Understand Internet Privacy Policies as they apply to your child.

    根据联邦贸易委员会(http://www.ftc.gov/privacy/privacyinitiatives/childrens.html), parents should be aware of the following as it pertains to protecting their childrens' privacy on the web:



    Websites directed to children or that knowingly collect information from kids under 13 must post a notice of their information collection practices that includes:

    • types of personal information they collect from kids-for example, 名字, 家庭住址, 电子邮件地址或爱好.
    • how the site will use the information-for example, to market to the child who supplied the information, to notify contest winners or to make the information available through a child's participation in a chat room.
    • whether personal information is forwarded to advertisers or other third parties.
    • 一个在现场的联系人.


    在很多情况下, a site must obtain parental consent before collecting, using or disclosing personal information about a child.

    Consent is not required when a site is collecting an email address to:

    • 对孩子的一次性要求做出回应.
    • 向家长提供通知.
    • 确保儿童在现场的安全.
    • send a newsletter or other information on a regular basis as long as the site notifies a parent and gives them a chance to say no to the arrangement.



    Look for a privacy policy on any website directed to children.

    The policy must be available through a link on the website's homepage and at each area where personal information is collected from kids. Websites for general audiences that have a children's section must post the notice on the homepages of the section for kids.

    Read the policy closely to learn the kinds of personal information being collected, 它将如何使用, and whether it will be passed on to third parties. If you find a website that doesn't post basic protections for children's personal information, ask for details about their information collection practices.


    Giving consent authorizes the website to collect personal information from your child. You can give consent and still say no to having your child's information passed along to a third party.

    Your consent isn't necessary if the website is collecting your child's email address simply to respond to a one-time request for information.



    With hacks, scams, malware and more, the Internet can feel like a dangerous place these days. 和, 最近设备的激增, from smartphones and tablets to Internet-connected appliances, 让我们面临更大的风险吗.

    But the good news is that by taking just a small handful of security measures we can greatly reduce our exposure to all these threats.


    1. 创建复杂的密码. 我们知道你以前听过这个词,但是创造 强大、唯一的密码 for all your critical accounts really is the best way to keep your personal and financial information safe. This is especially true in the era of widespread corporate hacks, where one database breach can reveal tens of thousands of user passwords. 如果你重复使用密码, a hacker can take the leaked data from one attack and use it to login to your other accounts. 我们最好的建议是:使用 密码管理器 to help you store and create strong passwords for all of your accounts.

    Then, check to see if your online accounts offer 多因素身份验证. This is when multiple pieces of information are required to verify your identity. So, to log into an account you may need to enter a code that is sent to your phone, 还有你的密码和密码短语.

    2. 提高你的网络安全. Now that your logins are safer, make sure that your connections are secure. When at home or work, you probably use a password-protected router that encrypts your data. But, when you’re on the road, you might be tempted to use free, public Wi-Fi.The problem with public Wi-Fi is that it is often unsecured. This means it’s relatively easy for a hacker to access your device or information. That’s why you should consider investing in a Virtual Private Network (VPN). A VPN is a piece of software that creates a secure connection over the internet, 所以你可以安全地从任何地方连接.

    3. 使用一个 防火墙. Even if your network is secure, you should still use a firewall. This an electronic barrier that blocks unauthorized access to your computers and devices, and is often included with comprehensive security software. Using a firewall ensures that all of the devices connected to your network are secured, including Internet of Things (IoT) devices like smart thermostats and webcams. This is important since many IoT devices aren’t equipped with security measures, giving hackers a vulnerable point of entry to your entire network.

    4. 点击智能. Now that you’ve put smart tech measures into place, make sure that you don’t invite danger with careless clicking. Many of today’s online threats are based on phishing or social engineering. This is when you are tricked into revealing personal or sensitive information for fraudulent purposes. 垃圾邮件, 虚假的“免费”优惠, 单击诱饵, online quizzes and more all use these tactics to entice you to click on dangerous links or give up your personal information. Always be wary of offers that sound too good to be true, or ask for too much information.

    5. 做一个有选择的分享者. These days, there are a lot of opportunities to share our personal information online. Just be cautious about what you share, particularly when it comes to your identity information. This can potentially be used to impersonate you, or guess your passwords and logins.

    6. 保护你的移动生活. Our mobile devices can be just as vulnerable to online threats as our laptops. In fact, mobile devices face new risks, such as risky apps and dangerous links sent by text message. 小心你点击的地方, 不要回复陌生人的信息, and only download apps from official app stores after reading other users’ reviews first. Make sure that your security software is enabled on your mobile, 就像你的电脑和其他设备一样.

    7. 安全冲浪 & 购物. 网上购物时, or visiting websites for online banking or other sensitive transactions, always make sure that the site’s address starts with “http”, 而不仅仅是" http ", 并且在URL字段中有一个挂锁图标. This indicates that the website is secure and uses encryption to scramble your data so it can’t be intercepted by others. Also, be on the lookout for websites that have misspellings or bad grammar in their 地址. 他们可能是合法网站的模仿者. 使用一个 safe search tool such as McAfee SiteAdvisor to steer clear of risky sites.

    8. 跟上时代. Keep all your software updated so you have the latest security patches. Turn on automatic updates so you don’t have to think about it, and make sure that your security software is set to run regular scans.

    9. 留意最新的骗局. Online threats are evolving all the time, so make sure you know what to look out for. 目前, ransomware呈上升趋势. This is when a hacker threatens to lock you out of all of your files unless you agree to pay a ransom. 保持对这个和其他威胁的关注 待通知.

    10. 保持警惕. Always be cautious about what you do online, which sites you visit, and what you share. Use comprehensive security software, and make sure to 定期备份你的数据 以防万一出了什么差错. By taking preventative measures, you can save yourself from headaches later on.