Andréa Sumé

Teaching Kids About Online Safety

The Internet offers us incredible opportunities to gain access to a wealth of information, and to communicate with people from all over the world. Like any tool that is used, it can be misused for good or evil. It is vital to protect yourself online to ensure that the benefits of using the internet outweigh the potential dangers.

The teaching of children about Online Safety is an important step to ensure that they make the right choices when using the internet. It can help them to beware of malicious software that could damage their phones and computers as well as steal their passwords or even track their activities online. It can also help them navigate social media platforms to ensure that they do not become victims of cyberbullying or ingest online content that can affect their mental health.

It is also beneficial to show them that the people who they meet online aren’t always who they say they are. It is quite easy for hackers to impersonate others online and use the information to steal money or personal details. It can also be useful for them to learn how to verify identities by searching for their names on search engines and multiple social networks.

It is an excellent idea to make it a habit to use a separate password for each login, and to use multi-factor authentication when available. It is also recommended to review the security settings on their devices regularly. Also, it is worthwhile reminding them to be vigilant when downloading apps and that they should not click on ad-free hyperlinks. It is important to keep up-to-date with the latest operating system and software updates, since they usually include critical security features which guard against new threats.

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