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Technology and Kids: Safety Tips You Should Teach Your Youngsters

The age of technology brought about some pretty great things. On the flipside, it also brought about new dangers that many parents were unprepared for. The age of technology and gadgets brought about connectivity and accessibility like never before possible. Back to around two decades before, adults could easily screen who our children come into contact with.

In today’s world, everything is so much harder. They could be getting contacted by complete strangers and you may not even realize it. It is why it would be highly prudent to have some very clear safety tips for them to follow. Here are a few that you can start them with:

Settings to Private

In the land of social media, visibility is one of the biggest draws. People can make accounts and keep it so that anyone who types in their name or sees them as a recommended person can look into their accounts.

In order to secure the information of any youngsters using social media and gadgets, it would be important to make sure that all of their accounts are set to private. This means that only the people that they manually add to their friend list will be able to see what they share.

Never Share Personal Information

This is one of the strictest rules that everyone—not just kids—should actively follow. When in a conversation with anyone that you do not personally know, it would be wise to be very mum on your personal details.

Scammers and people who are aiming to do bad things are very nosy about personal information. They will try to find out your full name, where you live, who lives in your house, the names of your immediate relatives, what they do for work, etc. Kids are veritable goldmines of information. This is why adults need to make it quite plain that they should be sharing that information with other people.

Transparency

This is something that should be cultivated from a very young age. Adults need to raise youngsters who are comfortable enough to be transparent with them. Transparency is important whenever the kid gets an odd or inappropriate message.

A lot of the time, adults do not know what is going on until it’s too late. Having transparency between a child and an adult can mean that the child will be comfortable to share the information that someone has been messaging them.

Going Forward

It is always important to be clear about what consequences exist whenever safety tips are ignored. Have a clear and calm discussion with your youngsters—they are astute enough to understand when something is serious. A lot of parents tend to treat their kids like they’re made of glass and should be completely shielded from the evils of the world. This is a great way to make sure that those kids are set up for failure.

It is when children are brought up with transparency and effective communication that everyone is at a better place. Do you have youngsters in your life? What safety tips do they follow?

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Fact and Fake: Tips on How to Avoid Falling for Fake News

The ease in which information can now be found online is one of the best things about our present state of technology. The trouble comes when that information happens to be false. Yes, we live in the time where fake news is rampant and is actively being spread by people who wish to cause chaos and manipulate the way people are thinking and feeling.

In light of this, we believe that it would be highly prudent for anyone not that familiar with technology to have clear tips on how to avoid falling for fake news. Here are a few tips that we personally adhere to:

Check the Source

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The source of the news report should always be scrutinized. There are websites that mimic legitimate news sources but have a slight variation of the name. Usually, the variation will be slight—almost too easy to miss.

This is why it is very important to be very discerning of ANY website that you choose to go to. Fake news always finds a good home in social media and most people tend to not look at the site URL when they share the news article. A general tip we follow is if the name sounds dubious or funny, it’s probably a site that makes fake news on purpose.

Read the About Page

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Most of the time, news which really seem out of this world are specifically made by satire websites. These sites make ridiculous news reports because it is usually twined with humor. The trouble is the fact that humor doesn’t always translate well on print so those who usually do not scrutinize beyond the headline and the first few sentences fall prey to this.

Make it a point to read the about page of a “news” website that you frequent. If it is clear that they are a satire website, don’t take their articles seriously. If the about page infers a serious publication, check the date when the site was made. If it’s fairly new, you can bet it was only made to spread false information.

Cross-Reference It

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Once you’ve checked the source itself and read more about the site, it’s time to validate the piece of news that you’re reading. You get the headline or the news and you type it into your trusted search engine. Chances are there will be a lot of other mimic sites which published the exact same article.

One of the things that you can rely on now is that there are people that actively debunk fake news. So there will be warnings about particular articles.

Going Forward

Fake news can be extremely damaging when allowed to spread. While you may not be able to stop people from creating them, you can certain stop the damage by identifying them properly. If you spot fake news, do not keep it to yourself. Tell your friends about it. Take a screen capture of the article or post—do not share the article itself as it generates profit for the creators.

Have you fallen for fake news before? What do you do in order to determine the legitimacy of news that you read?

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