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UAB expert explains ways to teach your kids about online safety

Published: Dec. 1, 2020 at 10:33 PM CST
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - We’re On Your Side explaining how to talk to your kids about what not to click on to avoid potential viruses or other attacks on your child’s school issued computer.

Dr. Ragib Hasan with UAB said parents need to educate kids on the potential dangers of the internet.

Kids should understand the importance of a strong password and not giving out personal information to anyone.

Your child should also know how to spot a suspicious link from a legitimate one.

Let your child know, even if the link comes from someone they know, that still doesn’t make it safe.

“Even emails they can get from their teachers or their classmates, that can be a fake email because someone can impersonate as a teacher or a classmate. Or maybe their accounts are also compromised, so they can send ransomware,” said Dr. Hasan. “So, no matter who sends the link, please verify first before clicking on it.”

To verify, tell your child to look for spelling errors or long links with lots of characters.

And if they weren’t expecting a link or attachment, don’t click on it.

Dr. Hasan shared a safe website which can help teach your child about internet safety through games.

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