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Bullying is at an All-Time High, The Geek Squad has some Vital Tips
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Atlanta, GA--  A report released by the National Institutes of Health found that kids who are victims of cyber bullying are at a higher risk of depression.  Cyber bullying is defined as the use of e-mail, instant messaging, chat rooms, pagers/cell phones or any other form of technology to communicate offensive, violent or harassing messages to a victim.  The prevalence of bullying is high, with 20.8 percent of U.S. adolescents in school having been bullied physically at least once in the last two months, 53.6 percent having been bullied verbally, and 51.4 percent bullied socially (excluded or ostracized), and 13.6 percent having been bullied electronically.

Listed below are four easy tips, provided by Geek Squad, to help keep kids safe from cyber bullies.

  1. 1.     Activate Internet SecurityAnything you download from the Internet – music files, video clips and photos – is virus prone. The first step in Internet security is to check your computer for existing vulnerabilities.
    1. See a weird file that you don’t recognize?  Don’t open it. Some cybercriminals send dangerous files that can monitor your activity and manipulate your e-mail or computer settings. If you already have anti-virus software, use its manual scan feature to make sure your computer is clean. Even if you have protective software, you could be at risk if you are running an outdated version.  Make sure it is always up to date.
    2. If you don’t have anti-virus software, visit GeekSquad.com for a free virus scan or bring your computer into a Geek Squad precinct in any Best Buy store for a consultation. Also, to ensure you won’t lose files to scary viruses or complications from spyware, install anti-spyware and anti-virus software such as Kaspersky, Spy Sweeper or Norton Anti-virus to regularly scan your computer.
  2. 2.     Enable Parental Controls On Your ComputerSoftware, such as Net Nanny, Trend Micro Internet Security, Norton Internet Security, Norton 360 and Kaspersky Internet Security, can limit your child’s access to certain websites to ensure he/she is not exposed to inappropriate content. A free alternative is to set up parental controls through your Web browser:
    1. Click on “Tools”
    2. Scroll down to “Internet Options”
    3. Choose the “Security” tab
    4. Click on “Restricted Sites” and add the website URLs you wish to restric
  3. 3.     Set Up Parental Controls On Video Game SystemsUSA Today reported that child predators now use video game systems’ online features to meet kids. There are ways to control who’s invited into your family’s video game world. Gaming systems have parental settings that control content and connection to online features. Benefits of activating a gaming system’s parental controls also include:
        1. Assurance that the system is turned on only at times of the day that you’ve approved. Yes, it’s possible to take back the dinner hour.
        2. Monitoring the system’s online features that let kids interact with other players
  4. 4.     Keep The Computer VisibleKeep your family computer in an open area of the house. Your children will feel less inclined to use the Internet inappropriately if the sites they are visiting are easily visible to family members around them.
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