June is National Internet Safety Month and we at Topline Federal Credit Union know quite a bit about internet security. We want to keep not just your financial information safe, we also want to keep your kids safe when surfing online. To honor National Internet Safety Month, here are some tips for keeping your kids safe online.
Protect Private Information
It is important to outline information that is personal and private so that your kids know not to share it. Here are four things your child should know when it comes to protecting privacy, courtesy of parenting.com:
- Never give your name, phone number, email address, password, postal address, school, or picture without parental permission
- Do not open email from people you do not know
- Do not respond to hurtful or disturbing messages
- Do not get together with anyone you “meet” online
Utilize Software and Settings
There are ways to control the settings of your browser as well as block sites using your IP address. Putting a block on sites that contain lewd content is a good idea because you never know when your child can stumble upon something accidentally.click here for more information on settings for your browser, IP address, and security software.
Be Involved and Aware
As a parent, it is important to regularly monitor the websites your children are visiting online. Before the age of 8, you should co-pilot any computer time and have a set list of websites your kid is allowed to go to. After the age of 8, regular check-ins are still necessary. An easy way to do this is to have your computer in a central location in your home. A desk near the kitchen is a good spot for your child to surf the web because you will be able to keep an eye on them occasionally.
Tips for Adults
It is just important for adults to protect their personal information as it is to protect their kids. Take precautions like changing your passwords often and keeping them safe. An obvious one is to avoid unknown emails and don’t share your personal information with anyone. For more information on staying safe online, visit staysafeonline.org.
There are many ways you can work towards keeping your kids safe online. Browsing the internet can be very fun and informational, but it can also be dangerous. We want your child to be safe, not just for National Internet Safety Month, but every month!