Safety

Being a geek is a good thing for my kids!

Being a geek is a good thing for my kids!

I am a geek (as the name suggest!), I love everything technology, if you have seen my post for The Dad Network, you will know that I have a bit of a love affair with technology.

But it doesn't stop there, I also love the internet! I was the first among friends to be on most of the social media networks, because its what I like.  If its new and a change then the chances are I will explore it and want to understand it, inside and out! 

Now how has this helped me as a parent? its simple, I am ahead of the game!   Kids thes

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Porn sites must have age checks? Say Conservatives

You may have seen my post early this week encouraging first time voters to register to ensure they can vote in the up and coming general election, as well as how to decide who to vote for!

 I happened to tweet my local MP for a retweet, he kindly obliged but also come back saying that he noticed I had an interest in online safety (Correct!), and to watch out for the new announcement from the Conservatives stating that pornography websites must adopt age-restriction controls or face closure.

In case you haven't seen this, the BBC ran this article 

Ok lets just think about this for a moment......  This sounds like a great thing! As the article states a recent poll said that a tenth of 12 to 13 year olds are worried they are addicted to porn! 

So surely regulating them is a good thing, no? They are targeting both website in the UK and overseas! 

Now lets think about this in practical terms:

  • How many 12 to 13 year olds know their way around the internet very well?
  • How many would know how to get around these age restrictions? 
  • How much would this cost to implement?

Call me sceptical, but I think if they were to introduce these it would only impact UK sites, I then wonder are many hosted or run in the UK by UK companies?   That leads to the question if they are overseas what power does the UK government have over them, virtually none!

Most teens would know how to establish a proxy server connection to make the site believe they are accessing it from overseas.  I also firmly believe the money could be better spent by educating teenagers in school about the dangers of the internet, not just porn! 

Recently coding was added to the curriculum this academic year, so we are teaching kids how to build websites, apps and programme software, but how much is going into helping educate them about the dangers of excessive internet use, as well as over sharing of personal information through social media, as well as using the internet to search for porn?

It makes me wonder how much thought has gone into this proposal and could this be a massive waste of money?

Experts have already stated this would difficult to implement, so should they look at other ways?

Of course at present this would only come in if the conservatives are voted in for another term, but I think whoever is voted in for the next parliament they should consider reviewing some proposal to help educate children in using the internet safely. 

There are already a number of organisations out there doing great work Insafe (funded by the EU), and CEOP, but more support would be welcomed no doubt! 

Read this: Talking to your child about staying safe online


2-Step verification is your friend

If you have been living in as a hermit for the last couple of weeks and avoided social media during that time then you wont know what The Fappening is.... but basically a load of 'A list' celebs appear to have had their iCloud accounts hacked and load of what we call 'personal' photos have been shared around the world.

Now who would give a damn about your photos?  The answer is somebody, the point is that your photos are your property and your probably wouldn't be happy with someone accessing them with out your authority.

There are a few simple steps to make this very difficult.  The answer is 2-step verification.  Now I already use this for Facebook, twitter, google etc but I recently added my apple account to that list.

What is 2-Step verification?

Its pretty simple, 2-step verification is an additional security feature for your account that's designed to prevent anyone from accessing or using your account, even if they know your password.

How do I set up 2-step verification?

  1. Go to My Apple ID.

  2. Select Manage your Apple ID and sign in.

  3. Select Password and Security.

  4. Under Two-Step Verification, select Get Started and follow the onscreen instructions

  5.  

I did this and it was very simple and took all of 2 minutes to set up

You will need to have your password and your iOS app to hand as that will received a confirmation code to set up the 2-step verification.

Once you have this set up you will also receive a recovery key which it is highly recommend you keep in a secure place, or like me in a couple of secure places! 

And that's it! If somebody tries to access your account from a computer or device not enabled by you then they will face something like this

It is worth exploring other 2-Step verifications for accounts that you have if they are available... 

Any questions give me a shout!