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Protect your child from identity theft

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— Here are four ways to protect your children online:

  1. Set strict guidelines for your child’s Internet usage. This could be as simple as setting a time limit on the computer or restricting certain websites altogether. For children under five, you might want to consider chaperoning their time online.
  2. Teach children to keep personal information private. Talk with your child about the dangers of talking to people they do not know online. Remind them never to give out their name, where they live, go to school, hang out or play. Repeat this rule often, until it becomes ingrained in their head.
  3. Take advantage of your browser’s parental controls. Internet browsers like Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome have options that allow you to set up security safeguards and content filters for language, sex and violence. There are also mature-content filters available that you can purchase and install on your computer.
  4. Have open communication with your child. Be clear in your expectations and be sure that your child has a strong understanding of the risks to their safety in the online sphere. This will not only teach them good online habits, but it will also make the experience a more positive one. If they do not abide by the guidelines, they need to be held accountable. Discuss punishment prior to usage so that is mutually agreed upon and does not feel arbitrary.

The important thing is to convey to your child that Internet usage for entertainment is a privilege that carries heavy responsibility. Be involved in how they use it, the sites they visit and tune-in to their interests. The more involved you are—and the less it feels like you’re the computer police—the more openly your child will include you in their online activities.

KeyBank Sponsors Shred Day April 20

WHAT

KeyBank will be providing free document shredding by Cintas. Local residents can bring up to three boxes of bank and credit card statements, tax forms, receipts and other sensitive paper documents that require safe disposal. Documents are shredded onsite by a Cintas Mobile Shredding Truck, and all shredded material is recycled.

Colonie Police D.A.R.E. Officer will be available to discuss their programs and handing out Child Identity Kits as part of Operation SAFE CHILD!

Entertainment will be provided by FLY92's Brian Cody and Chrissy Cavotta. Enter to win a Kindle Fire, April 20 through May 18.

WHEN

Saturday, April 20, 2013

9 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.

WHERE

KeyBank’s Colonie Branch

1295 Central Avenue, Albany

The media are cordially invited to attend.

Contact Therese Myers, 518-257-8637, for more information.

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