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Parent Guide to Child Online Safety

Parent Guide to Child Online Safety

We are always adding new tips and resources to our website. I recently chatted with the folks at Secure Thoughts whose mission is “to help people protect their freedom by providing advice, guides and support that help everyday people protect their digital communications, actions and discussions.”  They recently published a new guide called: “Online Safety For Kids: A Parent’s Guide To Protecting Children’s Privacy”. See the whole Guide Here   This guide has a ton of practical applications for keeping your kids safe online. Here are just a few excerpts and a cute video:

Start Discussions At An Early Age

The earlier you can teach kids online safety, the better off you and your kids are. You can start off my having your kids use the computer with you. This is a great opportunity to highlight that the online world is in many ways like the real world. There are both safe things and unsafe things.  As they start to get older, you can start to discuss the importance of internet security programs and passwords.  Don’t be afraid to talk about serious issues such as bullying, scammers and pedophiles in the virtual and real world.

If They Wouldn’t Do It In Real Life, Don’t Do It Online

Children may not be sure what is appropriate to share online. A good question to have your child ask themselves is “Would I do this in the real world?” If the answer is no, then they shouldn’t do it.  Other questions you should ask your child include: Would you share private information with a stranger in real life? or  Would you be mean to friends or a stranger at school?

 

 

 

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