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On February 7, the "International Safe Internet Day" is celebrated, a date that has the purpose of creating awareness in society about the importance and need to ensure that the use of Internet be more and more secure.

According to the Kaspersky study “Digital Children”, half of Peruvian minors (50%) have an account in social networks. However, this reality is a source of concern for Peruvian parents, since 44% of them admit that they are concerned that the Internet represents a threat to their children.

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The report shows that among the main concerns of parents in Peru are harassment, the possibility that minors consume adult content or that they are contacted by strangers.

Within the framework of this date, various organizations propose initiatives to make the Internet a safer place. For example, the Telefónica Foundation has launched the online course “Stop Cyberbullying”which promotes the digital safety of children and adolescents, to date more than 44 thousand users have taken the course.

Likewise, the cybersecurity company Kaspersky has provided some recommendations to parents and those in charge of educating minors so that their online experience is safer.

1. Don't talk to strangers

Just as it's not safe to talk to strangers on the street, a similar rule should work in digital life. It is important to remember that children and adolescents should not share any personal information on social media (address of home, school or extracurricular activities), which can help identify or find them in real life and, even less, share this information with strangers.

Many times, you can make the mistake of posting a photo in the sports training place with a geotag or an advertisement that makes it easier to locate it.

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2. Say no to cyberbullying or digital harassment

In order for the Internet to be a safe place for everyone, it is essential that parents promote in our children basic rules of respect online: we can start from two basic principles that are "Don't do what you don't want to be done to you" and do not write or say on social networks what you would not say in front of other people. Children and adolescents have to understand that writing insults and humiliating people online is bad behavior, which also has consequences.

3. Take care of your personal data

It is important that children and adolescents have a sense of responsibility for the personal data they use, including logins and passwords. For better protection, should not be shared with anyone and always keep it a secret. Of course, parents may know this information, but this does not mean that it is also safe to share such information with best friends or other schoolmates. Passwords must remain complex and unique. If it's hard to remember multiple complicated passwords, a password storage and generation solution can help. In this case, you only need to remember one master password to enter and check the keys by type of applications and services.

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