The technologies we use in our everyday lives are subject to constant change. Each day we’re introduced to some new, innovative software and told how much simpler our lives will be if we use it; new apps, games and websites are launched daily; slowly, but surely, every aspect of the human experience is moving progressively online.
It can be all too easy to get swept up in the frenzy and forget what it was like to live life without technology. There are certain benefits to being able to adapt, but as we embrace digital media and its prominent role in modern society, we need to remember that most things in life aren’t free: convenience comes at a cost.
Each new device, gadget and app comes with a degree of danger. So, how do we measure and mitigate these risks? And where do we go to get advice about the latest online threats?
Where To Get Advice About Online Threats
Online threats come in all shapes and sizes, but – arguably – the most alarming of all are the ones which prey on the young and vulnerable. Being a parent in the digital age is challenging for a multitude of reasons; not least of all being the fact that the threats children face online emerge with unparalleled rapidity.
Knowing where to get advice is its own challenge. When we’ve spoken to parents about the biggest pressure points they face with managing children, technology and the Internet, an answer we’ve heard time and time again is, ‘I don’t know where to get advice about online threats’.
For the most part, getting advice – be it welcome or unsolicited – is easy: one only need type their question into Google or make a status on social media. The complexities come from the fact that anyone can create and distribute online content, and there’s simply no guarantee that the advice being provided is reliable or from a reputable source. The other factor worth considering is that the online world, and people’s interactions within it, are diverse and nuanced, so there’s seldom a one-size-fits-all solution to be given.
Fortunately, there is good advice out there. Unfortunately, however, it’s not always possible for parents to read the latest research papers or access data from behind paywalls. Furthermore, while you might find a source you trust for information on cyberbullying, it does not guarantee that you’ll know where to get advice about gambling, gaming addiction or online predators.
How Family Insights Can Help You Stay On Top Of Online Risks
Something we’re committed to doing here at Family Insights is consolidating the research that is out there to ensure it’s accessible to parents. Our philosophy is that parents who are educated about online risks can make informed decisions about their children’s media consumption, instead of making decisions that are governed by fear. We believe that, when parents are educated about online safety, they can teach their children about responsible online behaviour, which empowers young people to make smart decisions.
Writing evidence-informed articles about all of the existing and emerging threats that families face online is only part of what we do here at Family Insights: Our groundbreaking cyber safety app also offers round-the-clock protection. We know how important trust is to parent-child relationships, so we don’t use intrusive spyware or excessively restrictive network filters: our app works by locking to a child’s device and analysing their network data in order to detect online threats. If a threat is detected, a real time alert is sent to parents. Just like our blogs, these alerts are based on the latest industry data from world-leading resources and experts. All threats contain: an explanation of the threat that has been identified, key information and statistics, and advice on how to approach the situation. We also include some information on where to get advice and additional support in the future.
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References & More Information On Where To Get Advice
R. L. Adams, 2017. Top Online Threats To Your Cybersecurity And How To Deal With Them.
Stay Smart Online, 2016. The Stay Smart Online Alert Service