While cybercrime is a type of criminal activity that we often assume is targeted at businesses, government agencies, or adult computer users with money and identities to steal, it is actually a type of crime that can also be targeted at kids. Cyber bullying has become a common form of online crime, which can have a devastating effect on the lives of children and their families.
For parents of younger computer users, it is important to be aware of the ways in which you can help to prevent or deal with cybercrime against kids. With more and more children using computers for increasing amounts of time, it is only natural that the risk of this type of crime against kids is also increasing. This is further exacerbated by kids’ obsessions with social networking sites and chat rooms, where so called Internet trolls hang out.
Tips to prevent or deal with this type of crime
There are a number of tips that parents can consider in order to try and prevent or at least address this type of issue before it spirals out of control. This includes:
- Educate your child: It is important to educate your child with regards to the dos and don’ts of Internet use. By doing this, you can help to promote safe and responsible internet use, and you can boost the chances of your child speaking to you in the event that he or she does fall victim to cybercrime such as online bullying.
- Monitor usage: While you may not be able to keep an eye on what your child is up to every second of every day, you can make an effort to monitor internet usage as much as possible. Keep tabs on the amount of time they spend online and on the sites and apps that they are using. Have them use the computer in a communal area such as the living room rather than when they are locked away in their bedroom.
- Security features: When choosing broadband services, you can consider finding one that offers security features that will enable you to better monitor and control the sites that your child is going on. This in turn can help to reduce the chances of cybercrime.
- Taking action: If your child does fall victim to cybercrime, you should take action quickly as otherwise things can get out of hand. This could mean speaking to staff at the school if it is cyber bullying by someone at the school. Alternatively, depending on the nature and severity of the cybercrime, you may need to consider speaking to police about the issue.
Being prepared and aware of what you need to do means that you can help your child to avoid or quickly resolve issues relating to online crime.