Kids Safety Online
Kids have more information at their fingertips now than ever before. Tablets, laptops, and smartphones are more common than ever at schools and at home. That is why it’s so important for families to have open conversations about internet safety early.
If you’re a parent or guardian, you can help to keep your kids safe by
- Talking to them about their internet use.
- Teaching them about online dangers
- Learning everything you can about the internet, and staying safe online
- Monitoring their online activity.
Teach yourself and the young people in your house to spot phishing scams. Phishing scammers usually contact you through emails, calls, and messages from fake accounts scam you out of sensitive information such as bank details.
- Do not click on ads.
- Do not click on links in emails or messages if you don’t know who or where they are from.
- Do not make accounts on untrusted websites without a parents permission.
Young people often cannot understand the repercussions of losing privacy. You should teach them:
- How to make accounts private
- To turn off their location
- To check photos to ensure there are no personal details in the background
- Never give away any personal details
- Respect the privacy of others
- Once they upload something to the internet – it is there forever.
Make sure your child is aware that not everyone online is who they seem. Arming them with the knowledge to spot imposters online is one of the best weapons.
- A fake account will have no photos or only a few fake ones.
- To spot a fake you can reverse Google image search to see if they have been stolen from someone or are stock images.
- They will insist on asking personal questions. Never give out sensitive information such as your address or phone number.
Teaching your children about cyber-bullying is important not only to protect your child, but also to make sure they do not hurt other children.
It is important that cyber-bullying can be an open conversation in your household.
Let your kids know that there are cyber-rules in place on social media regarding cyber-bullying, and they are enforced. You can find such cyber-rules for each social media platform online.
It is worthwhile teaching your children about the effects of cyber-bullying on both ends, and let them know that they can speak up both at school and at home if they witness cyber-bullying.