Have you ever wondered what your children get up to when they are online?
Do you worry about them accessing inappropriate material such as pornography?
What about grooming, are you sure that they are only talking to people they already know?
Are they sexting, sending inappropriate pictures to their friends using social media apps such as Snapchat?
Are they suffering from cyberbullying, if so, what are the tell tale signs?
Worrying isn’t it?
As parents we like to hope that our children will do the right things, but how will they know if we don’t tell them? This course will help you to answer some of these difficult questions.
The course consists of video lectures with practical demonstrations on some of the key topics. There are also exercises for you to complete which hopefully will get you thinking and talking with your children.
What sorts of things do we cover in the course?
So why don’t you do something amazing, and sign up for this course. Surely your child’s Internet safety is worth a few hours of your time?
This lecture introduces the course material and the instructor. After completing this lecture you will have a better idea of the main objectives and sections of the course.
Congratulations for signing up for this course, hopefully it will change the way you view online security and will make you passionate about wanting to keep your children safe online. It is easy to be complacent about the Internet, this is not a good idea, especially if you have children. Keeping them safe is your responsibility.
It is easy to loose touch with what your children are doing online. After completing this lecture you will be able to describe what applications are children using and what are they doing on them.
In this lecture we will look at some of the risks that children face when they go online. We will look at each of these risks in much more detail in the section entitled "Dealing with difficult issues".
It is important to have a sense of proportion when dealing with online security for your children. This lecture looks at the benefits of using the Internet and encourages you to allow your children to harness those benefits whilst staying safe online.
Before we can consider how to make your children safe online we need to make sure that your home network is secure and that you understand how to keep yourself safe online. Children learn most from adults when they demonstrate the best way of doing things, instead of just telling them what to do.
In this lecture you will learn about the importance of building a secure home network to provide the solid foundation to keeping your children safe online.
In this lecture you will learn about controlling access to your wireless network, preventing network intrusions and blocking inappropriate content.
In this lecture you will learn how to ensure that the operating system and applications on PCs and laptops are up to date to prevent vulnerabilities from being targeted. We will also look at preventing malware using anti-virus programs.
Although risks of malware infection are lower on tablets and smartphones that are things that you can do to secure them, we will look at these in this lecture.
How can I be sure when using web-based applications that my information is secure? In this lecture we will look at browser security and how you can ensure that everyone is safe when online.
It's OK having all this security on your network and machines; however, if you are taken in by scams then you are still vulnerable. In this lesson we will look at how you can protect yourself from being scammed by being worldly wise.
In this exercise you will use a checklist to determine whether your home network environment is safe with the aim of improving security, where necessary.
Once you have all the facts about online security you need to decide a strategy for how you are going to keep your children safe online whilst not restricting that creativity online. In this lesson we will look at how to approach drawing up that strategy.
In this lecture we will look at how you draw up a list of rules that hopefully will keep your children safe online.
It is unwise to allow your children completely uncontrolled access to the Internet so how can you put in place controls that prevent them from seeing inappropriate material. This lecture includes demonstrations of how to implement Safe Search in Google Chrome and parental control software.
One of the most important things that you need to do is to discuss online security with your children. Having good channels of communication will ensure that they are more likely to tell you when things go wrong. In this lecture we will look at how to approach the conversation.
Parental control software will enable you to see what your children are doing online. In this lecture we will look at the importance of monitoring your children's activities online and there is a demonstration of keyboard logging software.
As your children get older you should consider relaxing the controls, for example allowing them to access social networking sites once they are old enough. In this lecture we will look at how to handle this gradual relaxing of the controls.
It si easy to over react if your children do break the rules, for example accessing inappropriate content on a friends's PC. In this lecture we will look at how to handle rule breaking.
Facebook is the primary social networking application that all teenagers want to use to communicate with their friends. In this lecture we will look at how to ensure that your children keep their information private, this includes a demonstration of the privacy settings in facebook.
In this lecture we will look at some of the most popular social networking applications including Twitter, Instagram and Vine.
There are a myriad of chatting applications available and in this lecture we will look at how to ensure that your children stay safe when talking to others, particularly strangers.
Online gaming is very popular for children; however, there are risks because children can easily "meet" strangers online. In this lesson we will look at how to approach keeping your children safe whilst they game online.
In this lecture you will learn about cyberbullying, how to talk about with your child and how to deal with it.
What do you do if you child views inappropriate content on the Internet? In this lecture we will look at how to discuss and deal with issues with inappropriate content including poronography.
Our online reputation is a jigsaw puzzle of all the public information about us on the Internet. It is important that children understand that anything they post online will stay there forever. In this lecture we will look at hwo to educate your children about what they post online.
This is the issues that we fear most as parents. Online grooming is where adults groom younger children, usually for sexual favours. In this lecture we will look at how to discuss this topic with your children and what to do if you think your child is being groomed.
Sexting is sending sexual material such as pictures and videos using text or social media apps. This lecture will help you to tackle this sensitive topic with your children and help them to say "no" if they are asked to send an inappropriate message to a friend.
It is easy to forget that posting private information on the Internet can lead to identity theft. This lecture will help you to educate your children about the importance of not posting provate information on the Internety that could be used to steal their identity.
In this lecture we will look at useful information sources for learning more about online secuity.
I am a freelance trainer, course developer and consultant based in the UK. I absolutely love communicating IT through face-to-face and online courses. I have worked in IT for 27 years with 19 years experience as a technical trainer teaching email administration, email archiving, IT security and networking. I also have 10 years experience of developing online training courses at Symantec. I used to be a rocket scientist a long time ago!