5 ways to teach your kids how to stay safe online

Zinet Kemal, a cybersecurity expert and a mom of four, wrote “Oh No… Hacked Again!” for parents looking to keep their kids protected on the internet.
2:20 | 08/18/22

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- It's important to connect with kids, you know, with a story that resonates with their experiences and what they love to do, which is the online games. It's important to have an age-appropriate conversation about what a family values and why a certain content isn't appropriate for their age and setting that expectation on what is secure while browsing online. How to avoid clicking suspicious phishing links that seem to be sent from a legitimate source. How not to share a password. And, most importantly, making sure that kids know that they can always come to a parent if something happens that might make them feel uncomfortable. You know, showing some interest in what they do, I know that it can be hard, especially as me, myself, as a mother of four, to sit down and play the games. Try checking what apps they use, Like what gaming platforms, as well as any direct messagings and video chat apps they use, check the privacy settings for those apps that they may use and ensuring that they're using their actual age from some of the gaming or social media apps for older kids. I do believe that it's important to supervise and regularly check kids use of the internet. Blocking inappropriate sites from the router, and even enabling content filtering to avoid those contents that might be inappropriate. Sometimes those innocent searches may not end up resulting in, you know, innocent results. And it's also important to do other activities, like outdoor activities, or any indoor activities that don't involve being online. It's hard to find that, right? Especially in the pandemic. Just give reminders because if they don't have that adult reminders, it's easier for them to do that. As much as we do that to ourselves in our devices and stuff like that, just to remind ourselves it's OK to unplug and just take a break. Letting them know that kindness also applies online, as well. You know, whatever you're putting, your words could be hurting other people's feelings. You know, in school, they get taught about, you know, not to bully anybody or not to be mean, to be kind. And I think that same principle also applies online.

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