Parents! In today’s digital age, it’s crucial to equip our children with the knowledge and skills to stay safe online. Here are ten essential tips to teach your children, empowering them to navigate the digital world while protecting their well-being and giving you peace of mind!
1) Keep all your personal information private: Never share your full name, address, phone number, school name, or other sensitive details online, especially with strangers. (Even friends you’ve made online can be ‘strangers’ because all you may have seen of them is a pic, and that can be faked.)
2) Create strong and unique passwords: Use passwords that are not easy to guess and avoid using the same password for multiple accounts. You can use a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols. Randomly change them from time to time as well. Ask your parents to help you.
3) Think before sharing: Be cautious about what you share online, whether it’s text, photos, or videos. You must always consider the potential consequences and respect others’ privacy. (What you share online is potentially open to EVERYONE online, particularly in the hands of the wrong people!)
4) Be mindful of online ‘friends’: Be skeptical of online friendships and only connect with people you know in real life and trust. Do not share personal information or meet online friends in person without parental permission. (You never know who you might be ‘meeting’!)
5) Recognize and report cyberbullying: It is very important to treat others with respect online, and you should be treated respectfully as well. If you identify signs of cyberbullying, report the case to a trusted adult or authority figure.
6) Avoid suspicious links and downloads: Do not click on unfamiliar links, do not download files from unknown sources, or open email attachments from strangers. Such actions could lead to malware infections or identity theft. If you are unsure about links and files, ask your parents for help.
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