The internet is one of the best ways to stay connected to all your friends and learn about everything. But at the same time, being safe on the internet should be every child’s primary lesson. Here are a few tips to take care of when using the internet.
- Keep Personal Information Private
The lines often get blurred between what is personal information and what isn’t for children. It’s vital to ensure that the child does not share private details like a house address or mobile number on websites they shouldn’t be on. If you can’t share a particular piece of information with strangers in real life, then why should you do it online.
- Regulating Privacy Settings
Without even realizing, a lot of adults publish information that becomes information to hackers. The same goes for children. Parents need to be extra cautious and adjust the privacy settings for children. Both web-browsers and mobile applications have settings to protect your privacy online. You must find them, they’re not always out in the open and then enable them and keep it that way.
- Safe Browsing
We cannot emphasize enough on why it’s important to browse safely. All it takes is just one wrong click, and your personal details could be shared, or your device could get malware-infected. A lot of attractive offers come up online with camouflaged pitfalls. Encourage children to understand authenticity online before clicking on any ad or exploring any website and not be swayed by the fake advertising.
- Secure Internet Connections
While using public wifi, there is no control over security. In this situation, parents should step in and help by installing a VPN. It enables a secure connection between the device and the internet server. This way, no one can monitor the data that is being exchanged online.
- Restricted Downloads
Cybercriminals always try to trick children into downloading malware or programs with it or simply steal personal information. It could even be disguised as an app. The safest way to ensure safety online is to download only from trusted sources. You should avoid apps that look suspicious and make sure you read reviews before letting your child download something.
- Powerful Passwords
It is imperative to choose secure and strong passwords, which can’t be guessed easily by hackers. This is one of the most common mistakes made by kids and adults alike. Keeping passwords simple to recall them easily means they’re guessable by outsiders too. Like your name with date of birth or 12345 is a weak password. Passwords should preferably be at least 15 characters with a combination of uppercase alphabets, lowercase alphabets, numerals and special characters.
- Cautious Online Purchase
While purchasing anything online, since your child uses your bank and card details, make sure that it is a secure website. A handy way to check this is seeing the address of the website. If it begins with https, it means the ‘s’ is for secure, unlike Http. You might even notice a padlock symbol prefixed before the website address.
- Mindful Online Posting
Encourage your little ones to be very mindful of what they’re posting online because the internet does not forget. You can even delete what you posted, but that does not stop people from making copies of it. And there is no way you could remove all the copies of it. So children need to be careful of the images or any type of content that they’re posting online.
- Online Fake Identities
There is a shroud of falsity in many cases when kids interact online. Not every account represents the actual person. Kids should be warned about the ill-effects of sharing personal information with online friends. Fake social media profiles are a great way for hackers to extract data from children.
- Updated Security Softwares
Antivirus programs cannot protect against every threat, but they can detect certain malware and even delete it. They act as an essential layer of security. Moreover, you will have to ensure that only the updated versions are running on your child’s device.
However, after taking all these tips into account, there might be some mishaps that will happen. Be very patient and listen to your child before coming to any conclusion. Cybercrime is a punishable offence. You can help and guide your child in reporting any online accidents.