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The internet is a powerful tool that can be used for education for children as it supports their learning and research. However, the internet has potential dangers that come with it. As a parent, it’s your responsibility to protect children from the dangers of being online as there are explicit, disturbing and illegal sites online that children should not have access to. 

 

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What is a digital footprint? 

 

When we walk on sand, we leave a trail of footprints behind. Similarly, we leave footprints online; we leave records and traces behind as we use the Internet. Have you ever wondered what you may have left behind when you’re online? Should you care? The answer is yes! 

 

Your digital footprint may contribute to your online reputation. It may benefit but also be a risk to you at the same time.  

 

Your footprint may include information such as: 

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Mobile phones are getting smarter, but are we? You might want to take these simple steps to secure your phones. 

 

1. Set the magic number 

Setting up a passcode is the easiest way to protect the data stored inside your phone. 

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Most parents share photos of their children, especially their newborn, online. Some do it to simply share the growth of their children with relatives and friends who live far away. 

 

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Cybercriminals are constantly looking for new ways to manipulate victims online. With the right software in place and a general awareness of online threats, you can feel more guarded against an attack. Here’s a handy checklist to help you minimise your risk of being compromised. 

 

1. Install quality antivirus 

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Any network or computer that’s connected to the Internet or any other external network is potentially at risk for an attack or threats. One method of protection is by installing an antivirus solution as this helps detect known threats. You can add another layer of protection by using Firewall as a barrier. 

 

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