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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

June is National Internet Safety Month: STOP. THINK. CONNECT.

June is National Internet Safety Month. With so much power at our fingertips, National Internet Safety Month is dedicated to encouraging all Internet users to follow three simple steps when connecting to the Web: STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Child Quest International (CQI) also encourages every parent and educator to take a few moments to teach our youth about better online safety so that they use good judgment and behavior all-year long.

National Internet Safety Month brings an important opportunity to evaluate our digital behaviors and identify better ways to increase online safety.  Americans should further embrace their shared responsibility in making the Internet safer. Additionally, as young peoples' online use increases during summer break, parents should remain committed to teaching their children how to stay safe online. To help with this, we advise internet users to follow the these essential steps when accessing the online content:
  1. STOP: Before using the Internet, take time to understand the risks and learn how to spot potential problems.
  2. THINK: Take a moment to be certain the path ahead is clear. Watch for warning signs and consider how your actions online could impact your safety, your kids' safety or that of your family.
  3. CONNECT: Enjoy the Internet with greater confidence, knowing you've taken the right steps to safeguard yourself, your family and your computer.
These three easy, actionable steps: STOP. THINK. CONNECT. can help everyone stay safe and secure online and enjoy the benefits of our connected world. Here are some other best practices:
  • Keep a Clean Machine: Keep all Internet connected devices free from infection and malware by keeping all critical software—security software, Web browsers, apps and operating systems—up to date.
  • Protect Your Personal Information: Secure your accounts by making passwords long, strong and unique.
  • Connect with Care: Limit the type of business you conduct using unsecure Wi-Fi hotspots.
  • Own Your Online Presence: Set security and privacy settings to your comfort level of sharing.
  • When in Doubt, Throw it Out: If an email, social network post or text message looks suspicious, even if you know the source, delete it.
  • Be Web Wise: Be wary of communications that implore you to act immediately, offer something that sounds too good to be true or ask for personal information.
  • Be a Good Online Citizen: Post only about others what you would have them post about you.
In recognition of Internet Safety Month, CQI will be posting a series of blog post about online safety issues and ways you can keep you family safer on the when engaging in online activities. Stay tuned!

Did you know CQI staff is available to make presentations in the Silicon Valley (CA)? Our subject matter experts will present to schools, parent groups, companies, civic and non-profit groups, profession and faith-based organizations about Online and Personal Safety. Contact us at with the subject line “PRESENTATION"   

Source: The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA)
Written & Edited by Anthony Gonzalez for Child Quest International 

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