At an early age, it is important for children to learn the importance of cyber safety. Children use the internet early for education and leisure purposes, even as young as those in primary school. Though there are child safety features in place, it is better to educate them firsthand.
Here are ways on how to teach your child to protect their personal data and information on the internet.
Talk to them about the importance of privacy
Sit down with your children and have a talk about privacy. Initiating serious conversations like this will send a message to the child that privacy is no laughing matter. You can start by asking what his or her internet activities are.
Does the child use it for assignments? Is it only for playing online games? Are there things on the internet that are confusing? Encourage your child to share his or her experiences. From there, you can explain the risks of oversharing on the internet. Talk about the privacy and the laws that exist to protect it.
Another way to teach children to be mindful of their data and information on the internet is to help them set up and manage passwords. Strong and secure password is essential for cyber safety. A good password should have a random combination of letters, symbols and other special characters. Do not use obvious information such as name and birthdates.
Moreover, passwords should be changed regularly. One password should not be used in multiple accounts. It goes without saying that passwords should not be shared with strangers as well. Make sure that your child understands the value of keeping passwords a secret.
Encourage good online behavior
Cyber safety is not only limited to data and information shared on the world wide web. It also means that you are mindful of what you say and share online. Children have to be aware that they have to take responsibility for what they post. They need to learn to treat everyone with respect.
Update privacy settings
Lastly, make sure that the child-friendly privacy settings are in place in all your devices. You may not be able to monitor your child 24 hours and 7 days a week, but at least you’ll have peace of mind knowing that the settings are on. You are guaranteed of their online safety even if they are at school, enrichment classes, primary school student care centers or anywhere they bring their devices.