Kids and Online Safety – 4 Essentials for Parents
Jackie here. Today’s kids use the internet more than any other generation. For parents, increased internet usage means it’s important to know how to prepare kids for the risks they may encounter online. This often feels like a daunting task. Where do you start? These 4 essentials can help you get started.
Do your kids know how to create a strong password? All too often, adults choose passwords that aren’t secure (think ‘password123’) so it only makes sense that children do too. Teach your child the basics of a strong password (letters, numbers, symbols, not common words, no names, no important dates, etc.). Also, make sure your child knows when (and when not) to enter a password when prompted online. Many scams impersonate popular sites to attempt to steal your password.
Parents can set a good example for their children by sharing wisely on social media. Teach your children not to overshare. The more information you put out there, the more information thieves have available for cracking your security questions, creating targeted phishing attempts, etc.
Secure Mobile Devices
Children often access the internet using mobile devices like tablets and smartphones. One survey found that 37% of children didn’t have security software on their mobile device. Only 34% of parents have installed a parental control app. Security software and parental control tools are an important way for parents to protect their children online.
Cyberbullying is a bitter reality online and can be particularly harmful to children and teens. Help protect your child by teaching them what to do should cyberbullying occur. Teach them about the blocking and reporting options on Facebook and Twitter so they can control those that have access to their accounts and information on these sites. If abusive messages are received, teach your child to talk to you and to save the messages in case they are needed for sharing with school administration or the police.
For more great tips, check out this article from WeLiveSecurity.