security concerns for kids website

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I am concerned about security because a couple of teens at my church have websites and they are not very secure. what can I do to help them make them more secure
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Jeff Chamberlain

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Hello Jeff,
When a website is on the Internet it is naturally available to the world, but you could have them password protect the sites if that would be helpful, and also encourage them not to put their personal information on the site.

Yola allows you to create a private website, or make part of your site private, by password protecting certain pages on your site, this is what this feature allows you to do:

1. Assign a single login ID (username) and password to your site.
2. Choose whether you want to lock (password protect) all the pages on your site.
3. You can then share the login ID and password with people you want to give access to the protected pages.
4. When they access those pages they will be asked to type in the login ID and password before being given access.

What this feature does not do:

1. Allow people to register for a username and password on your site. This is a registration feature which we hope to release in future.

How to use the Password Protection feature:

1. Click on the Site Manager tab.
2. Click on "Site Password Protection" underneath the list of pages of your site.
3. Add a login name and password and tick the pages you would like to protect.
4. You can easily protect all your pages by clicking on "Lock All" or take off the password protection by clicking on "Unlock All"
5. When you create a new page, you will see a check box that gives you an option to protect (lock) the new page.
6. Preview your protected page to see what the login form will look like and to test your log in and password.
7. To make the change effective on your live site, click on the yellow 'Update my Site' button.

I hope this will be helpful.

Kind Regards,
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Hello Jeff,

These are issues I've had to work with as well.

There are two main areas of insecurity.The area of children wandering into sites that are simply inappropriate and the second issue is their personal security and probably more so their sense of personal security.

Ideally there shouldn't be anything stored on the computers that children shouldn't have access to. That's a local management and housekeeping issue.

Sites that are unsuitable is a more difficult task. The best outcome is to simply expect the children to comply with the behaviour guidelines that you set. This of course has to be re-enforced with some supervision, and for sure there will be a significant level of non-compliance. . If kids inadvertently come across places that upsets them but is not directed specifically at them,then this should be dealt with by dialogue. If they're sites that are sexually explicit and that offends the group or parents or the organisation, difficult. There are site watching protection software that compiles a list of URL's that are out of bounds. They barely work with the savvy adolescent. Supervision, a bit of sarcasm thrown the offenders way will tend to minimise it at this place.

If kids are being harassed by threatening invisible characters, they're fairly easy to track down to at least a region unless they're malevolent deviants. All this sort of activity by such individuals should be reported to the authorities immediately. it's also a very good practice to publish a list of acceptable behaviour for the visitors to read, including warning of reporting offenders. Once again a child who is empowered to simply switch off the computer will win emotionally and morally

Kids are best advised that they shouldn't be intimidated by the unseen person, that they are OK and nothing will happen to them and that they must feel that they can talk about any incident that affects them.

There are a lot of guidelines published on these issues and a bit of research is really well worth the effort. McAfee and Norton I think have some publications on computers and kids.