Learn about online safety issues for children and teens
so you can educate and protect your family.
As a dedicated Web user, I'm delighted to be Norton's Internet Safety Advocate. I aim to provide consumer-friendly insights into the technology issues impacting us all. With ten years of experience helping to create great Norton software products, I'm committed to protecting consumers like you.
A. Cyberbullying is a nasty phenomenon wherein people use electronic communication to harm others. With so many kids using email, social networking, and even texting from cell phones, there is more direct communication than ever before. Unlike offline forms of communication, such as telephone conversations, however, these "chats" and "messages" are being digitally stored somewhere. So, they can be forwarded to someone other than the original recipient, they can be edited to distort the communication, and they can be published to different places (such as to a blog or social network profile page). Once the communication is "out there," you have lost control of it.
Teach your children to be thoughtful with their words and to consider how a message might be abused or altered. Discuss with children the need to watch their words and deeds and consider the feelings of others.
Should your children become victims of cyberbullying, talk with them about the event and discuss how to cope with it. Involve teachers and administrators at their school. Don't hesitate to contact other parents--they may have no idea what is going on. Children should be empowered by technology, not made victims of it.
A. If you own one of our security suites like Norton Internet Security or Norton 360, your product includes a license good for up to three computers in your home. To add your product to another computer, you will need your product key to complete the installation. Most likely you were sent the product key (a string of letters and numbers) in your emailed store receipt (if you purchased at our online store), or it was in your product's original packaging.
A. Many ISPs do offer increased levels of protection to help you manage your online safety. But as a consumer, you have to select these programs and understand what is left for you to manage yourself. Many of the services from ISPs require separate downloads, higher-priced subscriptions, and ongoing management. Some even describe their service as "reinforcing" traditional security software. For more information on products you can buy for online safety, go to Products & Services.
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It's happened to one of our family phones; apparently it's happened to CNET reporter Elinor Mills. Be sure you regularly check your family's mobile phones for any unexpected premium text services.
Symantec Security Response has recently discovered a new twist on an old problem for those seeking a new position. In the past, there have been scams targeting job seekers, just as there are scams targeting almost any vulnerable group (i.e. children, elderly, online daters).
Sometimes I feel like such an old fuddy duddy. Why? I don't let my 9 year old have a social networking account. I have several reasons (and fortunately my husband and I agree on them).
It's not new but after seeing a rash of click and "likejacking" scams flutter past me in my own social network, I want to remind everyone that these scams start with real looking and enticing links to view salacious, shocking, heart-warming, or unique video or photos.
Video 1: Introduction
Video 2: What Are Kids Doing Online?
Video 3: Using Software and "The Talk"
Video 4: Awareness
Video 5: Rules
Video 6: Other Online Threats
Video 7: Social Networking
Video 8: Online Family Safety Resources
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