Easy tips to keep your kids safe online

Talk openly with your child about their online activity

Communicate effectively : You want them to know they can share their online activities with you, as well as alert you if something is wrong.

Always monitor your child’s time online, particularly younger children. Keep the computer in a central spot in the home where it’s easy to keep an eye on what your child is doing and viewing online.

Innocent searches online can lead to not-so-innocent results, so it’s wise to know how to use the parental controls/search restrictions offered by web browsers, internet service providers,s and devices.

Make sure you become friends and contacts within your child’s social media circles and ensure you monitor posts.

If your child is a regular user of social networks, they must be aware of the risk of personal information or images being made public once they post them.

Every picture and personal detail that is posted and shared on social media and the internet contributes to someone’s digital footprint. So keep control of your family’s digital footprint.

Teach your children to keep their location private. Most apps, networks, and devices have geotagging features which make your whereabouts public and can lead someone directly to you.

Keep track of online time, it’s important to monitor your child’s online time, particularly younger children, to ensure they do not develop bad habits.

Educate yourself on ways to be safe on social networks so that you can give the best advice to your children.

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