Cyber Safety

Updated: Jul 23

Hey guys, today I'm going to talk about-

Did you try and click that? Well, you're lucky it was fake because if it was real, there were 50/50 chances that it was a scam.

You may have been told at school, home, coding classes, meetings or even in a video, "Don't click Pop-ups", or "Don't go to this website", or, "Don't click that!", and eventually it gets annoying. I've been told this many times too. But it's essential to listen to these rules. You may be thinking, "Oh no. Here we go again." But I'm going to tell you not to and also why. Because this is a serious topic. On average, 30,000 new websites are hacked every day, and there is said to be a hacker attack every 39 seconds. There are 300 million hacking attempts per day, and there were 20M breached records in March 2021. Do you see? I told you it was dangerous. Even adults can get hacked. People always say that kids need to be safe online because we children might not understand when something is not right.

I have a story. One of my mum's friends got a message. The message was from my mum's friend's friend. Let's call my mum's friend Bido to make it easier. Bido's friend had said, "Can you send me this?". Bido, thinking it was a friend, happily sent it. After some time, he started to wonder why his friend would've needed that information. So he called the friend and asked the friend. Well, the friend said, "I didn't send you anything like that!". Uh oh. Bido had got hacked! He informed his friends and told them not to send him anything or else they would get hacked too. I don't know if anyone gave the hacker money, but it was a dangerous thing. My mum and dad got a message from Bido's account saying, "Hi." If they had answered back, they would have gotten hacked. But they didn't since Bido had told them what had happened. I was fortunate that my parents' account was kept safe.

I have another story. My dad's friend also got hacked. Well, something similar to hacking. Let's call him Tinkup. A hacker made a profile with Tinkup's name and photo. Then, the hacker sent a message to all of Tinkup's friends, saying, "Hi, can you guys please lend me some money?". All of Tinkup's friends thought it was Tinkup with a different account, and they all felt sorry for him. They all gave him some money without knowing who it indeed was. When the real Tinkup found out what was going on, he immediately sent a message saying, "I do not and will not have a second account; the other one is fake." But still, what was done was done. All of Tinkup's friends lost money. So, you can see what an impact hacking can make, and things can go much worse.

Here are some rules from a tool called the Cyber-5. You can follow them to keep yourself and your family safe—rule No.1: Never give out personal information like your password, your username and your address. Rule No. 2: Don't download anything by yourself. This rule doesn't apply to adults, but you can listen anyway. If you're a child and a pop-up for a video game comes up, do not click it. It is possible that if you click the pop-up, it could take you to a website that scares you, downloads a virus or worse, takes your money and hacks into your accounts. Always remember to ask a parent or a trusted adult. Next, rule No. 3: Don't respond to a cyber-bully. If they say something mean about you, sending something mean back would make you just as nasty. Instead, you could follow rule No. 4: Copy & Paste, Save & Print. This way, you have evidence that this happened, and you can show a trusted adult who will take care of things from there. Finally, rule No. 5: If you don't like a website you're on, tell an adult as soon as possible. By that, I don't mean you can eat a grape before you go, or you can play with your toys before you go. No. Unless there's something serious, you must do at that moment, do that and then tell your parents.

In conclusion, you must stay safe on the internet. The Cyber 5 isn't an official tool. It's from a safe video game, but it works just the same. Now, remember the five rules:

  1. Never give out personal information.

  2. Don't download anything by yourself.

  3. Don't respond to a cyber-bully.

  4. Copy & Paste, Save & Print.

  5. If you don't like a website you're on, tell an adult as soon as possible.

Following these rules, you will be cyber safe. But I guess none of this information will stop you from getting annoyed at this.

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