Talk openly with your kidsStart the conversations early to prepare your kids against the threats of using the Internet. Teach them the whys and whats to keeping information private online and how to recognize suspicious behavior. Check out the websites listed on this page for online educational games that may enhancement your conversations.
Configure security settings togetherEstablish good security behaviors by teaching your kids about the privacy and security settings on their favorite websites and applications.
Control and monitor online activitiesKids are able to do things online that may lead to trouble. Implement online parental controls to help prevent access to unsuitable content; use the same social networks you kids are using; and keep their computer in a central location.
Understand the risks of internet-connected toysToys that connect to internet may have the ability to track your kids’ movements and habits. If weak security measures are in place, connected toys with video/audio capabilities may allow cybercriminals to spy on your family. Before purchasing a connected toy, consider only those from reputable manufacturers and conduct research to learn about any privacy or security concerns.
Keep devices and applications secureChange default passwords on all computer devices, including internet-connected toys. Ensure applications are kept up-to-date.
Be a good role modelKids learn by watching and imitating their parents.
Visit these reputable websites for more information:
- Cybersecurity: A Guide for Parents to Keep Kids Safe Online
- FTC: Protecting Kids Online
- Internet Safety 101
- Safe and Secure Online
- Parent Guides from ConnectSafely
- FBI Safe Online Surfing (educational games for students)
- Cybercrimes Affecting Older Adults (PDF)