From making sure they don’t fall for phishing scams to reminding them to never reveal personal information online, children just getting their start on the web may talk savvy, but still need a helping hand learning the stuff the rest of us know. Here are a few tips to get them started on the right foot.
The graphic below explains in detail, but the tips will look old hat to any of us who have been around the web for a while. Remembering to think twice before posting something you might regret later to remembering to lock down your privacy settings on all of your social media accounts are good reminders for everyone who uses the web, as is remembering good password hygiene. At the same time, kids new to the web do need some pointers on how to deal with cyberbullying and harassment, and to avoid sharing over-personal information on the web.
Of course, not all of the tips here are perfect for every family. Perhaps instead of resorting to parental controls in your household, you’d prefer to keep your kids technology use to family areas where you can supervise, and to talk to them frankly about what they will see and explore on the dark corners of the web. It’s up to you as a parent, but these are a good starting point. Good luck.