Top 5 Things Parents Can Do To Protect a Child’s Privacy Online
With technology moving faster than ever and younger and younger kids navigating the web; it is important that parents understand and can take steps to protect their child’s privacy and reputation online. Here are 5 quick, easy and effective things parents can do to help protect their kids as they surf the Internet.
1. Check your childs privacy settings on Facebook. With just one mouse click in your child's account information you can make sure that people they are not “friends” with can see their posts, education or personal information.
2. Make sure your kids understand the importance of not sharing certain information, like their full name, name of the school they attend, address, age or phone number with people they (or you) have never met in person.
3. If your child participates in chat rooms or tweets on Twitter, ask them to remember that they shouldn’t share personal details like their schedules, such as “after school I’ll be at football practice at the high school field”, or where they are if they are alone or will be alone.
4. Blogs are places that kids tend to let their guard down. Share with your kids the importance of not telling everyone exactly what they are doing, or do on a regular basis through their blog. Encourage them instead to stick to “social” information, such as music, movie and other wide spread interests.
5. If your kids are active in chatrooms, ask that they not use their real name as their blog or chat name that is displayed to other users.
Know where your kids are online. Use SafetyWeb - Internet monitoring software to monitor if your child is on Facebook, Twitter, or dozens of other sites where they can share information to the world. The software does not require any download or installation, you can access it from anywhere via web, mail or phone. If your child is blogging, make sure you subscribe to their blog. Just like in the physical world, the more you know about where they spend their time, the more effort you can make to keep them safe.