Kids have more gen at their fingertips than any generation before. Tablets, laptops, and smartphones are common at school and at home, including for virtual learning. And the devices aren’t going away anytime soon, which is why families should have discussions about internet safety.
The internet has data that can enhance our lives. It also can harm us and the people we love. You want your children to have access to it, but you also want them to be safe online. How can you get both things?
Here below we have some tips that you can teach your kids about online safety.
1: Know the dangers of the internet- When it comes to cybersecurity, kids are often one of your family’s weakest links and that can be for lack of knowing the dangers of the internet. Teach kids about distrustful activity online and hearten them to ask for help if something seems unusual.
2: Remember your identity is important- Sometimes kids make themselves vulnerable to identity theft by unveiling personal information online because they believe they have nothing to lose. Scammers can trick kids into revealing their Social Security number and other details that can be used to commit identity theft. Remind children not to reveal too much information about themselves.
3: Beware of strangers- While teens may be more prone to advances from online predators, kids can be targeted, as well. It’s important to teach them at a young age to be alert online and tell an adult if someone they don’t know converses with them or makes them uncomfortable.
4: Watch out for phishing- Teach your kids about phishing scams and warn them not to click on URLs in an email or social network message.
Keep your kid safe from online dangers by following the above tips.