Cybersafety: 88% of Consumers Want More Security Advice to be Given to Children Using Social Network Sites
LONDON, August 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –
Legal & General’s home insurance
[http://www.legalandgeneral.com/insurance/insurance-products/home-insurance ] team has
published the Digital Criminal 2012: CyberSafety Report. The research identified that 88%
of consumers want more security advice to be given to children using social network sites.
It’s important that children, as well as adults, use sites safely and do not put
themselves, their homes and family at risk. Risks can include the sites users visit, the
information they post online and also connecting with strangers, who could be digital
criminals using social networking sites to gain personal information about their targets.
Security in the home can be affected by what we do online and also by what our
children do online. Whether it is the disclosure of personal information, family holiday
plans, or the details of a parent’s business travel, child users can unwillingly create
security problems. Educating them about the risks and instilling good practices from an
early age is important.
How to improve family online safety
While buildings and contents insurance
are necessary precautions for protecting your home, vigilance is also valuable. As a
first step, Legal & General recommend that internet users review their own and their
children’s online footprint and carry out ‘virtual housekeeping’, to keep the amount of
personal information available on them limited. This will help to reduce the risk of being
a target for criminals and will reduce the likelihood of having to claim on your home
insurance in case of burglary.
Mark Johnson of The Risk Management Group, helped Legal & General with the latest
Digital Criminal Report, and produced a really helpful guide for children and teachers to
improve understanding and emphasise the importance of online security. More details and a
copy of the Guide are available to download at
Here are five helpful tips that parents can follow to encourage a safer online
experience for children:
1) Controls: Almost all PCs and web browsers feature parental control settings, which filter out inappropriate content. Make sure these are activated to the highest practical settings, but also be aware that some adult content can still get through. 2) Online friends: Social networking is widely used these days. However, despite being a feature of everyday life, it is not without its risks, particularly for younger users. Teach your child never to connect to strangers, and not to take online photos at face value. Try to join their network if possible - this is a great way to monitor what they are up to online. 3) Privacy: As well as keeping an eye on who your child connects to online, it is also important to establish tight privacy settings and limit what information is published. Addresses, email addresses and ages should never be posted online, and make sure that accounts are only visible to those your child is friends with in real life. 4) Guiding: Mentoring is one of the best forms of instruction, so be your child's guide to the online world and teach them about its wonders, but also how to stay safe. 5) Example setting: Role models are also great influencers in our lives, for both the young and old. A great way to teach your child about internet safety is to lead by example.
More detail of Legal & General’s research findings and the risks that social media
users face, as well as what this could mean for your home and contents insurance policy,
are outlined in the Digital Criminal 2012; CyberSafety Report.
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