Safe Internet Tips for Child Usage
Get a head-start: If you don’t have an account on the social media site your child wants to use, get one. Teach yourself the ins and outs of the site. Make sure you know exactly what they can and cannot do and decide what they should and shouldn’t do.
Teach children about posting online: Deleting a post does not mean it’s permanently gone. All their online posts, comments, likes, and shares are a part of their digital footprint. Posting inappropriate content could impact their online reputation. It may not seem like a big deal now, but it could potentially hurt them when they get older and enter college or the job market.
Let your kids know the importance of privacy: Many social media sites request names, dates of birth, school names, and hometown. Teach your children how much personal information is too much information online. And remember that these types of personally identifying information, if exposed in a data breach, could make them vulnerable to identity theft.
Know your network: Advise your child never to approve friend requests or add people that they don’t know in real life. Be sure they know never to meet anyone in person that they have only met online.
Beware of phishing scams: “Free” giveaways and contests, or online quizzes, can be tempting but they can also be phishing scams that will try to trick your children into giving away personal information or to allow hackers to try to inject malware onto their computers.
Guard your location: Kids may have fun tagging posts or photos with a location, but parents may not want their child’s precise whereabouts broadcast to the world. Go into the settings menu on your child’s device and disable location services for specific apps.
Have designated areas and time-slots to use devices: This can help you monitor what sites your child is visiting. Plus, they may be less tempted to visit sites or perform activities they’re not allowed to if you’re nearby.
Stick with age-appropriate sites: Most social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have a minimum age restriction of 13 years. Some of these sites have additional security settings for minors, as well.
Use trusted security suite: Consider using a trusted security suite with parental controls on your child’s device. Enable all safety features that prevent children from accidentally being exposed to inappropriate content online. more