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10 Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe on the Internet
For the past years, technology has evolved beyond our control and has improved many aspects of our lives and kids knowledge base, but what about its risks? According to one report from US-based PCMag, 76% of parents are worried about their kids’ online safety and have major concerns over the danger they are exposed to.
Apply these 10 actionable tips to improve Internet safety for your children:
1. Educate your kids about cybersecurity and online threats
Explain in simple and kid language about online threats and how to identify them.
2. Set usage limits and time spend on the Internet for your kids
If you notice your kid is developing an addiction to staying up all night to be on the Internet, it could be a sign to set usage limits and time spend on the Internet. Make sure you clearly tell your kids about the time they can spend on their computer or laptop and clarify what they can and can’t do when they navigate online.
3. Be patient and listen to your kids. Let them teach you
Staying online can be a daunting task and we cannot always predict where a discussion or comment will go or what type of people we find on social media networks. So, we strongly advise you to be patient and listen to your kids. Let them teach you about the social media platforms they use or the latest video that went viral on Youtube.
4. Use parental control software to monitor your child’s online activities
Given the increasing number of devices kids use to connect on the Internet, it’s difficult for parents to supervise every time they’re online. Parental control apps can help. They are a great way to track your children online behavior and control what they are doing on their smartphones or other devices.
5. Install an antivirus solution on your kids’ devices
Consider installing a good antivirus solution from a reliable company that packs a real-time scanning engine, firewall and automatic update.
6. Keep your child’s software up-to-date
Check to see if the Windows operating system used on your child’s device has all the latest and available security patches installed, such as browsers, plugins, desktop apps, etc. These updates include both security and feature patches and are meant to fix or improve the software you use.
7. Don’t let kids navigate online without installing an anti-malware solution
If you hear your child complaining about slow-down issues, pop-ups all over the screen, new toolbars, a different default engine or random error messages, these could be warning signs of a malware infection. An antivirus solution is no longer enough to protect you and your family against next-gen malware. To keep your kids safe on the Internet, we recommend using an anti-malware solution as an extra layer of protection to secure your digital assets.
8. Secure your Home Wireless network from prying eyes
To better secure your home wireless network from prying eyes, the first thing to do is set up a strong and unique password so neighbors or other people can’t take control over your personal data.
9. Do NOT connect to unsecured WiFi networks outside your home
First, make sure the smartphone, laptop or tablet they use has some sort of protection, like anti-spyware or antivirus protection to keep the software protected against exploits and security breaches.
Secondly, information is the secret for your kids’ online safety, no matter where they are, so read these actionable measures on how you can improve the public Wi-Fi network.
10. Online habits have real-life consequences
As challenging as might be for children to understand the risks of being online, cybersecurity awareness is vital these days. We should teach them to avoid talking to strangers online, how to distinguish between fake and real news, and explain about the most frequent security risks out there.