Online Safety Tips for Parent – 4 Ways to Keep Your Child Safe

Your child’s Tablet is their gateway to learning and imagination!  You and their teachers will find many fun and interesting ways to help them use their Tablets to become more innovative and creative.

Their Tablet is also a gateway to the Internet, the information highway to help them learn and grow.  But it can also be dangerous for your child if proper precautions aren’t taken.  It’s important for you to know how to help them stay safe online.

Here are 4 simple ways you can share with them.

1. Never Share Sensitive Information Online

Sensitive information includes things such as bank account information, your street address or  date of birth.  Any of these pieces of information is like gold to a hacker, who can create problems for them.  Sharing it can also lead to offline danger for your child.

2. Be Password Smart

Encourage your child to make their password difficult to guess.  This means that they shouldn’t use their date of birth, address or any other obvious detail from their everyday life as their password.  Using numbers, capital letters and special characters – such as ! @ $ * – is highly recommended.

They should also keep their password secret from everyone.

3. Be Careful What You Post on Social Media

Your child is undoubtedly social media savvy.  They’re constantly checking in with their friends and posting messages on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other networks.  But you must help them to remember that what is said on social media stays on social media.

It’s not smart to let people on social media know where they are or where they’re going to be.  This can lead to offline danger.

In addition, cyberbullying is a concern that is a result of our new digital age.  Encourage your child to only say things about people on social media that they wouldn’t be afraid to say in front of you.  Also, encourage them to share if people are saying offensive things to and about them online.  Whether your child is being cyberbullied or is a cyberbully, you need to know.

4. Be Careful What Apps and Files They Download on Their Tablets

Inappropriate content is easy to come across on the Internet.  Coach your children on what is ok for them to view and check in with them periodically to ensure that they are not using their Tablet inappropriately.

It’s important that you talk to your child about online safety, especially as they spend more time online.  Staying safe online can help them stay safe offline.  Watch the video above with them and talk to them about these tips.

What other tips would you suggest to keep children safe online?  Share your comments with us below.