So what is Malware anyway? Malware – or malicious software – is a catchall category for many types of Internet-borne problems that can land on your computer and devices, helping cybercriminals to your data, your network, to take control over your computer and other nightmares. It may include viruses found on infected websites, worms spread through emailed attachments, Trojans downloaded in screensavers, or infected applications and programs. Watch this introductory and humorous video with your children to get started:
In the new EU Kids Online Report, a fascinating study of kids across Europe, some of the key recommendations include some big surprises; such as online risk may actually carry some benefits for our kids. The position the researchers hold is that by experiencing risk and learning coping strategies, kids actually become wiser and more resilient, in the same way that a driver who learns how to manage traffic is a better one than someone who only learns to drive on empty streets. In effect, the parents who are most engaged, filtering and monitoring may be preventing their children from experiencing the educational side of risk (note: I’m not saying harm, just risk).