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6 Tips Your Children Must Stay Safe over the Internet

The internet can be a fantastic tool for your child’s education and entertainment, but it also presents numerous risks. Thankfully, more parents are recognizing the web’s potential dangers—which is the first step toward averting them. According to a national poll, adults named cyber safety as one of the top health issues kids face today, ranking it just below drug abuse.1

We know you want to help your children stay safe online, but with technology evolving rapidly, it’s hard to keep pace with the latest cyber threats. Here are a few steps how to keep your children safe in this fast-paced technology world.

1. Give basic and necessary information about Internet to them

When it comes to cyber security, kids are often one of your family’s weakest links. Teach kids about suspicious activity online and encourage them to ask for help if something seems unusual. Install security software that helps keep kids from clicking on the wrong links and visiting the wrong sites.

2. Make them understand the importance of their identity

Sometimes kids expose themselves to identity theft by disclosing personal information online because they believe they have nothing to lose. A child’s identity can have as much value as an adult’s identity, if not more. Scammers can trick kids into disclosing their Social Security number and other details to commit identity theft. Remind children not to reveal too much information about themselves. Their date of birth, address, and SSN are all personal information and they shouldn’t share them freely.

3. Sometimes websites are not that safe

With more websites and applications collecting information and using it for advertising and marketing purposes, make sure your family knows the value of online privacy. Many apps have privacy policies which disclose that the apps collect and share their users’ information. Kids and many adults often accept these policies without reading them.


Even if your settings are set to private, remember nothing is private. Even the so-called private browser is not private. Law enforcement, website administrators, and hackers could have access to your so-called private information.


4. Create a Password Protected System and explain why it is required

Passwords are the primary defense against hackers for most people, yet many people re-use the same password for multiple accounts, and use passwords that are easy to guess, because they’re also easy to remember. Bolster your defense with a password management program, which can remember unique passwords for all your accounts. Best of all, with a password manager, you only need to remember one password.


5. Ask them to share necessary information over the social media and other platforms

It’s important for children and family members to know how much information is too much information. In their

excitement to share their milestones, children may sometimes post their personal information online. For example, a driver’s license or a travel itinerary shared online could be valuable information for identity thieves and burglars.

6. Deactivate the accounts that are being used currently

Unused accounts can be a rich source of personal information for cybercriminals. Sometimes kids create an account with their first and last name or their birthday in the user name. Cybercriminals can patch these data points together and steal information from other sites that the individual uses. If you think you won’t be revisiting the site, it’s best to close the account.

Combining many of the features together though, will at least limit the potential of unsavoury material appearing before their young eyes. But, remember to take time out to talk with your young ones about how they use the web, what they like, and what their friends are into. It could just be the very best way to protect them.

Today’s children are born into a technology-based society and learn how to access the internet at an astonishingly early age. As a parent, you are your child’s best protection against risks on the web. Start a conversation about internet safety with your child today, and share this useful guide on your social networks to help other parents keep their children safe.

School Information Initiative by Sharda Vidyalaya

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