Teaching your kids about internet safety is absolutely vital, but where do you start? We lift the lid on cyberbullying, identity theft, stalking, and phishing scams so you can make well-informed decisions about your child's safety online.
Watch this essential video guide to help you begin the conversation:
Leading by example is often the best way to show your kids how to maintain their internet safety. A long lecture about online safety will probably be less effective, so let your actions speak louder than words.
Instead, ask yourself:
Your kids look up to you, so educate yourself first. Keep up to date with emerging internet scams and threats, since they're constantly evolving. You'll know what you're up against and how to devise the best defense.
Young ones are usually caught out in gaming forums, or by casually clicking on links within messages – which could result in a severe case of identity theft or spread an irreversible infection on their device.
Here are the top 4 to look out for:
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With kids as young as 5 equipped with iPhone's, social media has replaced a lot of physical interaction, making the internet their new playground. However, that brings with it many new internet safety concerns.
Like any playground, bullying runs rife and most young people won't tell their parents when cyberbullying occurs. Thankfully, social media platforms have been quick to introduce anti-bullying features. Instagram has it's Restrict feature, Facebook has it's bullying Prevention Hub for teens, and Snapchat recently launched their Here for you feature filled with self-help information.
Here are some specific actions you can take to protect your children on social media:
The account privacy settings within most social media or messaging apps, allow you to;
For more help in managing your privacy settings on social media, follow our tips.
It's important to explain to your kids why online safety matters, using real-world examples and giving context to your concerns.
2019 was the worst year for data breaches so far. Online privacy matters now more than ever. When details as trivial as a street name or family connection are broadcast, attackers can piece together your identity and use it to commit fraud or stalk you in real life. As a parent it's imperative to discuss how dangerous it can be to share your personal information on the Internet.
To begin, define what personal information is:
Your address, Social security number, Phone number, and Account credentials.
Next, explain how their personal information can be used against them:
As soon as your child wants an online account of any kind, you should introduce them to the concept of password security. Their password should be strong, complex and unique so snoopers can't break into their account.
It's hard not to fall for free public Wi-Fi. From coffee shops to universities, shopping centres and train stations. It's everywhere. The problem is public networks are not safe and your information or device can be intercepted as quickly as it takes to connect.
Tell your kids that and they'll probably shrug it off with the old 'It'll never happen to me' attitude. After all, using public Wi-Fi saves your mobile data. Luckily, the danger can be avoided instantly- by using a VPN.
One NordVPN account will cover up to 6 devices, enhancing your internet safety at home and on the go. That means protection for the whole family for the price of a single subscription. If you're new to VPNs, you should know it's an essential safeguard for anyone using the Internet. A VPN encrypts your Internet traffic and redirects it through a private tunnel, hiding everything you send, do, or type online, from hackers. All you have to do is open the NordVPN app and tap the Quick Connect button for total online protection.
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