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For most districts in our area, school will be back in session within the next few weeks. And because many have incorporated some kind of online learning into school programming, it’s more important than ever for parents, teachers, administrators and students to be aware of potential online threats. BBB reminds consumers to be on the lookout for online predators this back-to-school season.
“As more of our lives and our children’s lives are conducted online,” Mechele Agbayani Mills, President and CEO of BBB Serving Central East Texas said. “It’s important for parents and administrators to create guidelines and to provide education about online safety.”
Know what your child is doing online. Keep track of the social media sites and accounts to which your children have access. Many sites are designed to collect and sell unauthorized user details and behaviors to advertisers looking to engage in targeted marketing. Make sure your children are aware of the existence of online predators.
Watch out for click bait.Whether it’s in the form of contests and giveaways, surveys, too good to be true prices, or the latest trends, click bait is designed to entice or attract attention thinly disguised to collectpersonal or financial information. Make sure your children know to steer clear and don’t have access to banking or credit card information.
Understand apps. Certain apps might collect and share personal information about your child or target your child with ads. Even free apps may include paid features, which children may not understand. This could result in a hefty bill at the end of the month. Remember to turn location settings off, or at the very least to turn them on only while using the app.
Usefile sharing sites with caution. Many websites allow children to download free media. Unfortunately, these sites often come with the risk of downloading viruses or malware, giving identity thieves access to your information.