Tips & Advice

CONNECTED KIDS: Why parents should care about their kid’s online life

Presented by Kaspersky Lab for Kids Safety

These days, kids are glued to their social media. Whether using Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat or Facebook on a smartphone from the high school cafeteria, the younger generation is in constant communication with their peers. As summer vacation begins and kids have more free time, addressing the issue of privacy on social media should be a priority of all parents. 

This also means kids need to understand how to behave appropriately and know what information is OK to share. With the threats of online predators, hackers, or cyberbullies being very real and very relevant, it’s important to prevent them from accessing your child’s personal information, including phone number, home or email address, or personal photos, for malicious reasons. Review the following issues with your child to ensure they know what is and isn’t OK on their social media profile.

Everything you share is permanent. Even when you delete a photo or message, it can be screen-captured, copied, forwarded, shared, or stored on other people’s computers. Suggest that your kids ask you to approve all photos before they post, and carefully consider what you both would want their friends to see. 

Don’t share personal information. This means don’t post your phone number, email address, home address, or “tag” your city of residence on sites that allow you to do so, such as Facebook. Kids shouldn’t share information about their school or schedule.

Only communicate with people you know. Your kid’s social networks should be comprised of people you both know personally. Remind them that if a stranger contacts them trying to get personal information, they must let an adult know.

Beware of cyberbullying. Preventing your child from becoming a victim or perpetrator of cyberbullying is in your hands. Therefore, you should always encourage an open dialogue about this important issue. Learn more at: http://www.FraudSmarts.com/cyberbullying.