National Internet Safety Month: How to Keep Your Kids Safe Online

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!

Helpful Tips for National Internet Security Month

Helpful Tips

The kickoff to summer brings increased internet and mobile device use – especially for kids and teens that are home for summer break. In honor of National Internet Security Month, we’d like to give you some simple tips to stay secure online and keep your family safe.

  1. Secure your accounts with strong passwords.

Creating a strong password that you can remember is very important. An easy way of remembering your passwords is by using password management software such as LastPass, Dashline, KeePassX, or Sticky Password. (You can compare all these services by reading an article at wired.com.) With password management software, you will need to create a strong master password, though it will be the only one you will ever need to remember!

When creating your master password (or any password), remember that just because it might meet all the criteria for one particular site does not mean it is a strong password. Actually, the term “password” is itself, a little misleading. You shouldn’t use an actual word as your password. Instead, try picking a phrase that is meaningful to you and turning it into an acronym. For example, My husband’s birthday is 21 September 1987 would turn into Mhbi21/Sep,87.

  1. Set your security and privacy settings to your comfort level of sharing.

When you are setting up a new account online, go through the security settings thoroughly – especially when setting up an account for a teen. Facebook, for example, is the number one used social media platform for all ages; familiarize yourself with some basic ways to make your profile secure. Grouping your friends into separate lists is one way to customize who you share your content with, such as family, friends, coworkers, etc.
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Currently, Facebook cannot give third party applications your name or pictures in ads, but possibly could in the future. Opting out of social media ads and denying third-party applications from using your information is simply done by exploring your account settings, then switching “ads” to “no one”.

  1.   If an email, social network post, or text message looks suspicious, delete it – even if you know the source.

Viruses, spyware, and trojans can travel in all forms, especially as attachments. Beware when opening attachments, even from friends – if your friend’s computers are infected, then so are their emails. Staying up-to-date with the latest updates on your devices is a great way to stay safe from hackers. With newer versions come the latest security protections. The easiest measure of email and social network security is simply to log out at the end of each use.

The more you know about the risks of internet security, the more you can take action to prevent yourself from becoming a victim. Check out these prevention tips and resources to help you stay safe. TopLine has many security factors in place to protect your accounts. Learn more about identity protection and account safety on our website.