How to keep children safe in a 24\7 digital world
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Technology makes it so easy for kids to connect and share things
with friends and family no matter where they are. But these
connections can come with a huge cost if kids aren’t careful.
Learning to protect personal identity information, creating
strong passwords, and being cautious when downloading programs
and files are crucial to the safety and security of the digital
devices kids use, as well as the information those devices store.
Otherwise, kids can expose themselves and their families to
digital threats like computer viruses, data and identity theft,
and hacking.To understand digital safety and security, you’ll
need to learn some new words: phishing, malware, spyware, spam,
and yes, even junk. These greedy little programs attach
themselves to respectable-looking software – for example, a
downloadable game that looks really cool – and then wreak havoc
once installed on your computer. Security programs can block
them, but one of the most important weapons is teaching kids to
treat their devices and information as the truly valuable things
If kids don’t protect their personal information, there are many potential risks: damage to the hardware, identity theft, or financial loss. But children may not realize they are putting their information in jeopardy, because the warning signs aren’t always obvious. Here are some tips that can help you stay safe online.
Be very careful with what you download. Don’t download
free games or videos to your computer. These programs often come
with spyware and viruses that will land your computer in the shop
– and you in hot water.
Know the difference between information worth sharing and
private information. There are many ways you can share your
ideas and creativity online, but personal information should
remain private. Never input personal identity information such as
phone numbers, addresses, or your date of birth in order to
download something. And never, ever give Social Security numbers
or credit card information.
Master the fine art of password creation. It can actually
be fun to develop really good passwords. (See more details on how
to do this below.) Strong passwords are a key defense against
unauthorized access to your information, as well as identify