Most kids, nowadays, spend so much time on the internet. As parents, we can’t help but be concerned about their safety as they endlessly surf and browse the world wide web. With this, it is a part of a parent’s responsibility to prepare their children not to get themselves exposed to these risky situations. Below, we took the liberty in listing important internet safety tips.
#5 Be Private
It’s no surprise that online predators prey on personal information of their victims. Your child might be aware or unaware of this danger, and it would be safer for them if you remind them not to give out personal information such as complete names, birthday, home address, and even the name of the school that they attend. This way, you will eradicate the risk of your child’s location and other relevant details to be identified by a predator.
#4 Choose a Safe Screen Name
Children nowadays are highly engaged in social media platforms, and these platforms usually require them to create screen names. However, as a parent, it is up to you if you allow your child to have full autonomy with their social media accounts. Though it is a smarter idea if you would not let your child include their real name in their screen names, and tell them to opt to choose names that are from cartoons, or from their pet.
#3 Keep Password Secrecy
Sometimes, children tend to trust people they know and meet. While there’s nothing with a child, who’s learning to trust people, trusting a stranger will never be a good idea. Teaching your kids in keeping their passwords to themselves is crucial. They also should not share their passwords even with their friends, online or in person.
If your child uses a public computer, remind them that they should always make sure that they log out their accounts before they leave.
#2 Never Share Photos
Children might develop the habit of posting pictures on social media, thinking that it’s safe and harmful since their parents are doing it, but this might not be the case for young children. Online predators usually target young children’s social media profiles. If your children are unaware of the risks, they might become the prey.
#1 Never Download Software
One of the ill strategies that hackers and online predators use is to use email as a way for them to penetrate the victim’s devices. With this, it is highly crucial for you to always remind your child about being vigilant and careful when it comes to downloading email attachments because these email attachments often contain malware.