| Email has revolutionized the
way we communicate with each other. It is hard to imagine life
without it. You can attach just about anything to an email, such
as pictures, music, movies and documents.
Whilst Email has benefits such as being an incredibly cheap,
quick and easy way to communicate with people around the globe,
it has certain risks.
- Your child
can be contacted by a complete stranger who could pretend to
be someone they aren't. There have been many reported cases of
young children being groomed for sex by older predators pretending
to be young teens. Would you allow a forty-three year old man,
you did not know, communicate with your 13 year-old child on
a regular basis in the real world? Clearly not, yet this danger
is highly prevalent on the Internet. Your child should never
communicate with anyone they do not know.
- When your child communicates with others, they could unwittingly
give out too much information. It is best for them not to give
out information that could make them identifiable such as their
name, or location, or phone contact details.
- Your child can unwittingly download attachments with viruses without you ever
knowing. Viruses are dangerous as they could cause serious problems to your computer
and even allow hackers access your computer information. Viruses are often designed
to automatically spread to other computer users and senders are often unaware
that they have sent a virus. Some viruses become active as soon as the attachment
is clicked and others will lie dormant until something happens to execute their
code. Children should take care with attachments even if they are received from
someone they know. A virus checker should always be used before opening any attachments.
- Your child can unwittingly download attachments with inappropriate
images without you ever knowing. Children should take care with
attachments even if received from someone they know and close
the message and not respond. If your children receive attachments
that upset them or make them feel uncomfortable in any way, they
should also tell an adult
- Your child can be targeted with spam and adverts from inappropriate
adult rated sites trying to sell them products. Your child
should exercise care when receiving emails from unknown sources.
If in doubt as to their validity, children should delete the
message or seek advice from an adult. If children receive messages
that upset them or make them feel uncomfortable in any way,
they should also tell an adult. A spam filter can be used to
help remove this type of risk.
- Your child could be the target of flaming (abusive or insulting
emails from others who do not agree with their opinion, or views).
Again, if your children receive messages that upset them or make
them feel uncomfortable in any way, they should tell an adult.
- Your child could be the target of bombing (programs emailed
to your child to try and crash or damage their computer), or
mail bombing (multiple messages, or large messages emailed
to your child to try to make their email program crash). Children
should tell an adult if this occurs and report the matter to
your Internet Service Provider.
- Your child can be harassed or bullied, or stalked on line,
so make sure they know that if this happens, they can report
the event to their Internet Service Provider. If your child is
made to feel uncomfortable in an email, they should seek advice
from an adult. Sites such as Be
Safe Online and Bullying
Online provide useful resources to tackle the issue.
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eZpZemail has built in parental control, spam filters and
anti virus checkers to remove the above risks, so sign