This year the return to school is marked by an unprecedented uncertainty derived from the health crisis in which we find ourselves. Among other changes, the difficulty of controlling possible outbreaks has led many communities to consider the implementation of a mixed education model that combines attending class with studying from home.
Parents and children face for the first time a scenario that will be difficult to manage due to the possibilities offered by digital devices
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This opens a new scenario for parents and minors, who are facing this scenario for the first time that will sometimes be difficult to manage due to the multiple possibilities that come through digital devices, including many risks. Faced with this situation, Entelgy Innotec Security, Entelgy’s cybersecurity division , has identified four key areas to consider so that parents help their children to enjoy everything that technology offers in the new course in a safe way.
Technological dependence, an increasingly present addiction . The continued use of technology among the youngest can generate an addiction that results in alterations in sleeping habits, eating habits, in behavior and even in school failure or in different disorders. As the INE points out, 75% of 12-year-olds already have a mobile phone, a percentage that rises to 90% at 14 years of age. For its part, UNIR (International University of La Rioja) points out that, on average, 1 in 3 minors spends more than three hours a day on the Internet. Faced with this scenario,It is essential that parents ensure that their children spend only the necessary hours with technology and that they combine it with sports and outdoor activities. It will also be key to be very attentive to possible warning signs, such as the obsession to be connected, the loss of the notion of time online or the “extreme” reactions when stopping using a console or other devices.
Cybersecurity, a fundamental companion in the network. While there has been a lot of talk about cybersecurity in recent years, until now the conversation used to focus on the business world. However, increasing children’s time on the Internet leads to greater exposure to threats that may exist on the Internet, so it is necessary for them to acquire a culture of cybersecurity while learning to use technology. In this sense,the role of parents is essential and more and more parents are concerned about this issue. As pointed out by a study on Digital Wellbeing carried out by the Truth consultancy for Google, 73% of parents in Spain admit to being concerned about the time their children spend on the Internet. Among the basic measures for cyber-secure browsing, the promotion of the use of complex passwords and their periodic renewal, transparency regarding the risks and possible threats of the network, offering peace of mind to children when talking about a problem stands out. on the Internet and, ultimately, integrate cybersecurity in the day-to-day life of families.
The privacy and the care of our personal data . Normally, when we download an application we have to accept a series of requirements that can affect our privacy and it is essential that the little ones are aware of what data they give, to whom and in exchange for what. This is not easy, sinceThe Terms and Conditions are usually very long documents and difficult to understand, so it is very important to accompany them and help them identify the dangers. It is also essential that parents, many times tempted to share photos of their children on social networks (23% of children have a presence on the internet even before birth and 81% before reaching 6 months, according to the firm of computer security AVG), respect the privacy of the image of your children while they are minors and do not have the ability to decide themselves.
Cyberbullying and the use of social networks . Although much of the time in class has gone online, this does not mean that threats such as harassment or cyberbullying have disappeared. As indicated by the data from the Bullying Without Borders observatory for Spain,between 2017 and 2018 the number of bullying cases increased by 22%, something that occurs both in the face-to-face environment and online. In addition, the use of social networks continues to increase and the anonymity that they sometimes offer and the possibility of locating the victim wherever they are through their phone, makes this situation more dangerous than ever. Therefore, it is essential that parents speak openly with their children to normalize conversations around these topics and thus be able to anticipate the red flags.