E-Safety: Staying safe online for children and young adults

The internet is a fantastic tool for everyone to use in a variety of ways. Whether it’s for business purposes, education, connecting with friends or listening to music, the uses of the internet are vast. There are amazing websites and apps  available for people to learn new things, get creative and put their ideas out there to the public. The internet is jam-packed with endless possibilities for exciting ventures and learning. However, with the digital age advancing so rapidly, it can be worrying to know what’s genuine and what isn’t. While the online world is a positive step in motivating the young minds of our generation into learning and showcasing their skills, it can also be a scary place. Read on to get some advice about e-safety and how to help keep your children safe when using the internet.

Social Media

Social Media platforms are great ways to showcase your business, products and connect with friends. However, it can also be a prime way for people you don’t know to access your personal information and take advantage of it. It can’t be stressed enough how important yet straightforward it is to use your privacy settings and control who has access to your information. Also, remember that whatever you post online will stay there; you have no idea who could be saving what you post, even after you delete it. Always be wary of what you are posting, commenting and sharing as this will impact what information is available to hackers and unkind people. The less you share about yourself, the harder you make it for others to access your data and commit other crimes. Finally, one of the critical rules about social media, only add friends you know and trust. If you make sure your children are adopting these methods and are clear about using social media  safely you can be more aware of things to avoid.

Screen Time

Another method you can adopt is managing the screen time your children spend on their phone and other devices. If you set a time that your child has access to ‘screen time,’ you’re able to monitor their usage and limit their access to threatening sites. You can also manage what they use the technology for, so for example, if you have younger children, it may be beneficial to dedicate screen time to fun and learning activities. With older children, you could limit their screen time to a certain time per day and encourage them to use it for valuable things like education or listening to music while studying. If you want to become more familiar with the more ominous side of the internet so you’re aware of the issues that can arise, you can use this guide to intrusion detection systems to find out more about network security.

Talk to your children

One final point to make regarding online safety is to outline the importance of talking to your children and communicating the risks in a positive and way. By talking to your children about using the internet, you’re teaching them how to use the internet safely instead of taking it away from them entirely. You can discuss how you should never buy things from unidentified sites and be wary of putting your email address into anything, as well as monitoring their usage and making the most of child-safety features. But as well as this, you’re also building up your trust foundations so your children know they can come to you if anything is wrong.

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March 4, 2019