Tips to keep your children safe
Educate your child to be cyber smart so that they can recognise potential dangers and know how to prevent threatening situations.
- never set up or agree to any face-to-face meeting with any person they met online;
- never post to the Internet, or send to people they do not personally know, any images of themselves;
- never give out any personal data about themselves, even if the information seems unimportant and innocent, to any person online;
- never download pictures from an unknown source since there could be sexually expressed images;
- never react to messages online that are sexually suggestive, obscene, aggressive or harassing;
- never believe as true anything that may be said by people online. Inform them that people online are not always who they pretend to be and pedophiles are adept at pretending to be of the same age as your child;
- never open email attachments unless they know the person sending them and know what they comprise, and
- never move into a private chat room.
- Phishing sites and emails often ask for information that a Bank would never ask you for or will never request you to update, such as personalized or banking information.
- Never give your personal info to anyone without validating their identity. You should view emails and pop-up windows asking for your personal details with the same amount of suspicion you would the person behind you in an ATM queue.
- Treat emails that appear to be from a Bank request for personal information with suspicion. Never reply to their email or get into a chat with them.
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- Never supply your personal information, for example, your PIN or account details, by email.
- Do not click any links in emails to reach Internet banking websites. Malicious software will redirect the link to a fake website.
- Always enter your bank's website address in the address bar to link to your Internet banking site.
- Do not make shortcuts on your desktop to Internet Banking. Malicious software could redirect the shortcut to a fake website.
- Never disclose private info when social networking.
- Be wary about who you invite or accept an invitation from when social networking..
- Be cautious about clicking on links in an email or social networking posts.
- Ensure children are educated about the risks of going online.
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