Technology Rules For Parents

By: Vyom Sanghavi

Rule#1: Know your technology before using it.

Without knowing what, how or why you are using a certain piece of technology could be very harmful for your safety and security.
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Rule#2: Always know what dangers are present while using any form of technology.

There are many on-line predators present during your personal screen time. So, it is important to know what these predators are, and how to prevent anything horrible happening.

Rule#3: Never share private information on-line, no matter who the person seems to be, and no matter how important the information is.

By doing so, you and your family will always be safe from robberies, kidnappings, and even death! Also, it will not allow the on-line black hatters to hack into your bank, on-line, and personal accounts and information.
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Rule #4: Be 'street smart'.

This means to use your common sense. Don't give in to something you know is bad for you, and never be friends with those who lead you in that direction.

Rule#5: Never go on illegal sites to watch free movies, get free items, or anything that seems to be a good deal, especially on-line.

Going to those kind of sites can get you into trouble not only legally, but can also send unwanted viruses and other forms of havoc to your technology item.
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Rule#6: Always know what you are sending or posting someone.

Sometimes, people send or post inappropriate material that can hurt, harm, or crush someone feelings and social life. Also, your posts leave a digital footprint; therefore, if you send or post something inappropriate, anybody can go back and find it.
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Rule #7: Always put locks, pass codes, or passwords on your technological devices.

By doing so, your information and device stay safe from being used for illegal and?or inappropriate activities, such as robberies, murders, kidnappings, and human trafficking. All of this can start from one single piece of information.

Rule#8: Keep email, facebook, and other internet accounts as minimum and as less informative as possible.

This will help keep you, your family, your information, and your property safe. This is because on-line predators have very few sources to track down your personal information such as your address, phone number, identity information, and other valuable data.
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Rule#9: Set the example for other friends and younger ones, such as children, siblings, and other close members.

By doing so, you will be able to spread the word about the safety and security of yourself, your family, friends, and information. People who can do this will be able to succeed life, because they will not have to worry about their information, propert, and family safety in the future.

Rule#10: Only add friends and family members that you have come in contact with before, and only when you know the accountis actually their's.

When you do this, you ensure that the friends you have are actually your friends, and will not do something to harm you or anything that is close to you. Without doing this, anybody could become your friend, and force you to give in to their decisions because you are their 'friend'.
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Rule#11: Do random checks on your accounts, cards and balances.

This is so that you can make sure that nothing wrong has happened in your email account, bank account, card balances, and other private information and properties.

Rule#12: Set parental controls, and always keep an eye on your kids while they are online.

This will help keep you and your kids safe from legal authorities and online-predators. It is very easy for black-hatters to hack into kids accounts and deal with kids, but when an adult is involved, it is harder for them to succeed.
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Parental Controls keep kids and family safe:

This image shows how parents need to take on the responsibility to make sure that their kids are safe on-line.

Rule#13: Try to know the acronyms and abbreviations that your kids use online.

This will help you understand what exactly your son or daughter does online. This will also help you to tell them to minimize or stop using that kind of slang, informal language on a regular basis.
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Rule#14: Use technology in a positive and benefitial manner.

This will help you create a healthy and fertile internet lifestyle. It will also improve your social, work, and home environment, as everybody will enjoy talking and being with you and your family.
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Rule#15: Have lots of fun with technology.

While you have to be safe on-line, you should also be having fun. Without that, there is no use of using technology at all.
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