Safety is WiredSafety's Middle Name (or last name?)

 

Internet safety has gotten a bad rap recently. Too many people think that either you can't be safe online or that to be safe you have to stay off of Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. But that's not true. You can be safe online. Parry Aftab, our founder and Executive Director, says that "the only risk we can't protect ourselves and our children from online is being denied access. We have solutions for everything else."

 

What are those solutions? You just need to think before you click (or as our kids prefer - "ThinkB4uClick.") You need to use privacy settings, security tools and choose trusted sites and services. You need to understand good digital hygiene, select passwords that are easy for you to remember, but hard for others to guess. And, you have to be careful about what you share and with whom you share it. (To learn more about digital hygiene...)

 

We all know not to operate heavy machinery when "under the influence." The Internet and digital technology are about as heavy as machinery can get. We call it a "DUI" when we drive under the influence. When you use digital technology when angry, overly-tired or tipsy, consider it a "DTUI" - using digital technology when under the influence. Our kids get into trouble when their impulsive actions or carelessness hurt themselves or others online. And we can lose our jobs, significant others and spouses, lines of credit and reputations when we act impulsively or carelessly too.

 

WiredSafety.org has lots of tip lists, guides, tutorials, classes, videos and articles to help you stay safe online. But, perhaps one of our Teenangels said it best - staying safe online is easy. Just remember one thing..."don't be stupid!" Good advice that we should all follow.

 

Some of our users come to us for specific safety advice on specific networks, social media platforms or digital devices. You can select some of those topics below, or you can ask us to cover it in our Ask Parry blog. But before we teach you about a specific site you should learn about digital safety, generally. We call the basics the 3Cs: Content, Contact and Cost. (Europeans converted our "Cost" to "Commercialism" reflecting their concerns over advertising and marketing issues.) 

 

There are ten major things everyone should know to stay safer online:
 

  1. How to protect your privacy online;

  2. How to protect your reputation online;

  3. How to stop cyberbullying and sextortion;

  4. For parents and grandparents: How to protect children and teens online;

  5. How to shop online and through Craigslist safely;

  6. How to use digital hygiene to keep yourself safe and secure and your machines clean of malware;

  7. How to report abuses on popular networks;

  8. Sexual exploitation and predation online;

  9. How to be safer when you are using  cyberdating sites; and

  10. How to meet people in real life that you only know online.

 

 

Then learn about the 3C's and Internet Safety 1-2-3 and protecting yourself and your family online overview