5 Ways to Help Your Children Have a Cyber Safe New Year
December 22, 2017
Children across the country are ringing in the New Year with new devices, new apps, and new ways to communicate online. Make sure your children are set up to be cyber safe with these five tips:
- Lock devices with passwords or passcodes. Strong passwords that combine letters, numbers, and special characters make it more difficult for someone to unlock your child’s device – and gain access to any personal information. To be cyber safe, password-protect all your devices, including your child’s computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones.
- Set privacy settings. Social media websites, apps, and web browsers (for desktop and mobile) all have privacy settings that help control who can see your information, and what they see. Customize these privacy settings so personal information, such as full names and contact details, are hidden.
- Teach them how to be respectful online. Be sure your children know how to be respectful towards other people online and not to post anything that could be hurtful or harmful. Check out our Digital Citizenship: Guide for Parents for tips on teaching kids to respect feelings, privacy, and property online.
- Keep an eye on the sites they are visiting and who they are talking to. Keep the lines of communication open and ask your children questions about what they do online. Consider trying the websites and apps they use so you have a better idea on how they work – or better yet, get them to show you how to use them.
- Warn them not to give away personal information. With the amount of sharing that happens online, it becomes all too easy for children to give away too much personal information. Remind your children what kind of information they should never share online, like where they live and their full birth date.
Wishing you and your family a cyber safe New Year!
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