Tips for protecting your children online
As a child, one of the first lessons we commonly learn is to avoid ‘talking to strangers’, but more importantly we were forewarned not to disclose personal information like our home address and full name to people we didn’t know.
Teaching these age-old lessons and cautionary tales about safety and privacy become even more challenging for parents in the digital age, as children often feel a false security behind a computer screen and unfortunately fail to see the possible dangers with socializing and surfing the web.
Children Getting Online Earlier
What’s more, whether it’s for the purpose of socializing, research, gaming or entertainment, children are looking to get on the web younger and younger every year.
In a recent study conducted by Consumer Reports, it was found that kids as young as 10 years old are rapidly adopting technology, specifically within the social networking space. And although sites such as YouTube, Twitter and Facebook all have age restrictions, sign-ups can easily be circumvented by a simple click of the mouse.
With an estimated 7.5 million kids under the age of 13 on Facebook, it’s clear that parents need to monitor behaviors on the web. Considering that, that’s 7.3 million children that are alarmingly vulnerable to naively over-sharing personal data. After all, children under 13 are often extremely trusting.
Social networking isn’t the only risk online. It’s also inevitable that children will find themselves on inappropriate adult-only sites, whether it was intentional or not.
Children are born into the digital world
Nevertheless, by providing our children with access to technology and the internet, they’ll glean the skills they need to succeed in today’s age. And, there are a myriad of sites and applications that are capable of providing a safe, controlled environment for our children.
Below we’ve listed a few services, tools and tips to assist you in protecting your children’s privacy and safety online.