Guidelines to become a Responsible Netizen
Monitor computer usage regularly and set clear limits.
Communicate openly and discuss underlying issues about the dangers and impacts of the internet.<
Always supervise your child when he/she is using internet. If the child is younger than 10 years; sit with him while he is using internet.
Encourage your children to inform you when someone is making them feel uncomfortable or threatening them online.
As elders, act as good role models – teach children and make them aware of ethical online behavior.
Our profile on social networking sites portrays who we are, accept yourself with dignity, and upload your profile picture with pride and confidence.
Encourage children to use social networking platforms to pledge their support for issues and campaigns.
Teach them that as against the virtual world; the real world is much more exciting and full of challenges, learn to face it.
When you feel children are dependent on gadgets and/or the internet and if things go beyond control it is essential to seek professional help.
Always provide only essential and mandatory personal information while registering on a social networking site.
Provide your alternate e-mail id.
Protect your password, make a complex password and change it every 3 months.
Be alert about the information you send and receive from the internet.
Set clear rules for internet use; eg. Personal info must never be disclosed age, name etc.
Use pop-up blockers for offensive materials, install software updates regularly.
Create a list of internet sites that are safe.
Have the internet connection in an open/common room where one can monitor the activities.
Online gambling should not be allowed.
Any kind of monitory transactions should not be used by the child, and cautiously used by the adult too.
Regularly check your computers to see which sites have been accessed by your child. Set a time limit for your children to use the internet.
Parents should keep a firewall active to prevent strangers from gaining personal information by invading your computer.
Always use latest, updated run anti-virus software, avoid spyware adware.
Scan the system along with booting on daily basis.
All downloads should be scanned with anti-virus before opening them.
To prevent identity threats, install parental control software's.
Take a backup of important files.
Turn off the Bluetooth if it is not in use.
If your phone/data card/modem is lost/stolen, report it to your local police station and your network operator immediately.
Never give out detailed personal information about yourself, your family, or your friends (such as your last name, address, phone numbers, city, the name of your school, photos of yourself or your family, pin numbers for your bank,).
It is your responsibility to complain to the police in case you foresee and/or experience any fraud, threat offensive or objectionable matter on the net.
Do not give false information while registering on a social networking site, this could be misused against you.
Do not use abusive language or slander. It is an offence under section 66 A of the IT Act.
Do not create fake accounts/profile giving personal information like address, telephone number or post malicious comments and defamatory matter about any person. It is an offence under the IT Act and under IPC.
Do not post matter depicting hate against any country, religion, ethnic group, historical places or national leaders. Violation may amount to an offence.
Do not post any defamatory or false information against any organisation (government or private).
Do not post any objectionable and obscene pictures of any person
Remember any cyber crime i.e. Crime committed using computer, internet, cell phones, credit/debit cards is 100% traceable.