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In 2019, I personally would not have believed if somebody said in 2020 most of us have to start working from home and students have to take online classes from their home, calling it a comfort or not varies based on the individual and his/her interests is my opinion. For better or for worse this is the new normal and this has happened and we need to follow it, like it or not. However, this reality cannot be changed for now and we all need to adopt.

Not all of us can stop working and we cannot let our children's education take a hit due to the pandemic and the lockdown. So conducting online classes for the students to learn from the safety of their homes is the next viable and sensible option in these times of pandemics and physical distancing.

But the question is, are the students really safe in their homes considering they are more and more exposed to the internet and given that data security and protection are taking a hard blow?

Children and young people can be particularly vulnerable to experiencing or witnessing cyberbullying and other abusive conduct, viewing age-inappropriate and dangerous content, and being contacted by people / scammers who want to exploit them emotionally, physically or financially.

This calls for safety measures in how children interact with the internet and we intend to do the same with this guide. Here are a few tips that both the students and parents might want to do to ensure their and their children's safety in the online world.

Assess The Safety Risks Of Any Online Platform or Tool being Used With Students / Children:

It is important to note that there is no Software or Online Platform or Tool that cannot be hacked or altered with, but there sure are apps and platforms that have more safety features and encryption in place than a few others for the overall safety of the consumer.

Most online classes are held through third party video conferencing apps and tools, some of which have had a lot of security vulnerabilities and issues in the recent past. In a rush to deliver online learning for their students during the COVID-19 pandemic, some schools and education institutions may not have had the opportunity to properly assess the safety and security features of the third party apps and platforms that they started using to teach their students. If you are a student or a parent or a teacher or a head of an educational institute then it is important for you to assess the safety of the online video conferencing platform that is being used and how safe it is for both the teacher and the students and choose the best option available that is both secure and easy to use for both the teaching and the learning parties.

Parental Control:

While taking online classes your child might require to explore the internet, click on links to access PDFs and other files that might be required, but in the process they might end up going to suspicious and malicious websites and thus Parental Control comes in.

Parental Control allows you to block and limit downloads from suspicious and malicious websites and all other content that might not be child friendly. You can do this by accessing parental control settings in Windows 10 if you are using a windows 10 device or through a third party online security solution, or through a browser by blocking and limiting access to websites through the browser or through your router.

Make Your WiFi & Other Networks Secure:

Make sure you always connect to the internet through a secure WiFi network. Try not to use public WiFi as their security parameters are minimal and sometimes even close to none. Always have your WiFi network protected with a strong username and a password. Click here to know how you can secure your WiFi connection.

Educate Them About Online Threats and Security:

Considering that this is the age of internet and that access to internet is becoming more of a basic need every passing day, from an early age, children should be made aware of the online threats and how they can cause harm to them and how to stay away from them. Inform them about viruses, malicious websites, data stealing practices, identity theft practices etc. Teach them the basic dos and don'ts like never click on unknowing links, never open attachments that you're not expecting to receive from anybody, do not trust scam calls and emails from unknown and untrustworthy sources, do not share your passwords with anybody.

For a basic example: 
  • Any address or URL starting with 'https://.....' or has lock in the browser indicates a safe and encrypted connection.
  • Where as any address or URL starting with 'http://.......' indicates a safe connection but not encrypted.
  • Apart from these any other URL connection is neither safe nor encrypted.

Webcam Protection:

Third party online video conferencing apps rely on video cameras. Few malicious websites and apps might try to access your webcam without your authority and to stop this from happening most modern laptops allow you to block access to webcams by the press of a button. In android devices based on the latest versions of android you can block the apps from accessing the camera on the device from the permissions section of the app.

Note: Our articles are intended to provide educational information for you. If you take all the above mentioned measures and still get hacked by an intruder or forget your passwords, we at PC Seekers take no responsibility and won't be able to help you in any way.

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