A special note to the Parents and Guardians. Being a kid in 2020 means more exposure to the Internet than any previous generation. They need to be very careful when using a computer, phone, tablet or any other Internet connected device. This article speaks directly to kids aged 6 and above and how they can safely use Internet connected devices while minimizing their own risk and their family’s risk of malicious attacks.
It’s a little scary to think about, but yes. It is possible for the bad guys to get on your computer if you aren’t careful. The good news is, there are a few simple things you can do to stop them.
Yes, it is safe to chat with your friends if you practice the following good habits.
NOTE TO PARENTS/GUARDIAN: Change the passwords at least every 90 days.
Luckily there are a few easy ways to tell if you are protected from the bad guys when you use the Internet. Here are a few things you can do to make sure it’s safe:
NOTE TO PARENTS/GUARDIAN: Install and update protection software often.
NOTE TO PARENTS/GUARDIAN: When you get on the Internet your device uses an app called a “browser”. That browser will have a window near the top of the screen. That window will have a bunch of letters and numbers in it. You should see the letters “HTTPS” at the beginning. The “S” standards for secure. Additionally, you should see a small padlock icon near the address.
Links are special words that you can touch or click with your mouse that take you to a place on the Internet. They can sometimes take you to bad places that you shouldn’t go. If you aren’t sure ask your parents or guardian to look at it first. Here are a few ways to know if you are looking at a link.
If you send and receive email remember the following:
As a kid it can be hard to keep track of all of your toys, books, phone, tablet, etc. It’s very important to clean-up after yourself especially your electronic devices. Make sure you don’t leave your devices lying around or open when you aren’t using them, even for a short time.
You probably already know if your device has a camera on it. Most computers, laptops, phones and tablets have a camera. You should ask your parent or guardian to consider blocking the camera lens to keep the bad guys from spying on you. Use a dark piece of tape to cover the lens of the camera when you are not using it. Ask your parent or guardian before using the camera.
You and your parents are both in this together. In order to protect yourselves from the bad guys it is important to communicate with each other to recognize danger and know what to do if you face a scary situation.
NOTE TO PARENTS/GUARDIAN: Educate your kids on what is appropriate and what is not, and why. People can abuse children remotely. Explain to your kids what can happen. Pedophiles are manipulative; it’s up to you as parents to learn about these threats and put your kids in the safest position possible.
For more in-depth information on this, read Keep Your Family Cybersecure.