How can I teach cybersecurity to my child?

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Each January 24 is the International Day of Education, a date that symbolizes the importance of training. Children are the future and educating them is the best way for them to be prepared to face the challenges that will be presented to them throughout their lives. The smallest of the house were born with technology, they have grown up with screens … But, despite all the knowledge they have in this field, they still have a pending issue: cybersecurity. For this reason Check Point® Software Technologies Ltd., a leading provider specialized in cybersecurity worldwide, wants to highlight the importance of the little ones surfing the internet safely.

«Blocking and restricting some internet functionalities, as is frequently done, is an effective measure that protects the little ones in the house from some dangers, but it will not help them in the medium and long term. Therefore, if parents really want their children to enjoy the virtual world safely, the solution is to teach them how to stay safe by themselves, since this will allow them to have good habits when browsing the Internet, avoid cyber risks. , etc. We live in an increasingly digitized world, so training the little ones in cybersecurity is a safe bet to keep them safe when entering the network, as well as opening new doors for a future professional career “, says Mario García, CEO of Check Point for Spain and Portugal.

For this reason, the company’s experts point out some aspects of protection that can be taught to the smallest of the house:

-Set up strong passwords: They use social networks, play online, watch series through numerous platforms or even connect to email. To access these services, they have to create numerous passwords, so it is essential that they know what the keys are so that they are secure. Tips such as not using common words, not using personal information such as one’s birthday, avoiding putting the username as a password and, of course, making it clear that they should never share them with anyone to avoid risks, are some of the basic pillars that you have to teach them.

-Know the keys to distinguish trustworthy websites of those that are not: a small symbol next to the web address is in charge of ensuring that the page that children are browsing is safe. The green padlock that we see in the URLs of the webs is the one that indicates that it complies with the HTTPs protocol, that is, that all the information it contains is encrypted and protected. The final “s” in the protocol means “secure.” This is another sign that they should know from the first moment, since this way they will be able to distinguish between reliable websites and avoid those that may involve risks.

-Only download applications and games from official markets: children and teenagers are watching the latest online fashion game all day, or use filter apps to upload photos or videos to social networks. When downloading these types of applications, it is essential to ensure that they do so from official markets. In this way, the risk of unreliable programs that could leave the door open for the download of malicious software such as Trojans, keyloggers, etc., will be installed on your devices.

Likewise, the company also provides keys and tips to make this task easier for parents:

-Company them in the first steps of their digital life: Having a guide to accompany you in your first steps on the web is one of the bases for you to get off to a good start in this world. That a father or a mother is next to the child when it comes to discovering the advantages of the internet will ensure that they do not fall into dangers or risks present in this world. Being by their side in their first navigations to give them the basic guidelines is very important so that they later know how to do it themselves in a proper way.

-Look for fun learning methods: You have to admit the methods of staying safe on the internet are not the most fun for the little ones. Learning the basics of computer security and doing it in a fun way is one of the main challenges for parents and teachers. That is why the great technological giants are creating interactive games that help girls and boys to assimilate the most important concepts about cybersecurity in an entertaining and fun way. Some of these games are CyberScouts, Hackers or Cybercrook created by Incibe, which will help them assimilate the most important concepts without even realizing it, or Be Internet Awesome by Google.

-Do not be afraid, but raise awareness about the risks: education is not about scaring children about the dangers of the internet, but helping them to be aware of its risks and, in this way, to know the importance of being protected to enjoy a safe digital life.

The best way to achieve this and make them aware of these dangers is by talking with them and explaining what they are exposed to. Likewise, by maintaining a fluid conversation on the subject, they will also be able to tell what habits they have, the pages they navigate, etc., and thus they will be able to give advice for better navigation.

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