abundance of digital toys and devices, children of this generation are exposed
to technology from the day they are born. Many of these devices are connected
to the Internet, which brings the world to their fingertips, provides them with
educational opportunities, entertainment and connections to friends and family
through social media. Just like the physical world, however, cyberspace has its
dark alleys and shifty characters. Limit your children's access to the seedy
side of the net by following a few best practices:
- Don't let your children use your accounts. Set
them up with their own user accounts or use apps that create a
"sandbox" within your device, limiting access to pre-defined websites
- Educate your children about the dangers of
oversharing on social media, including personal information such as full name,
date of birth, physical and e-mail addresses, phone number, and photos. Remind
them to only connect with or "friend" people they know in real life.
- Enable passwords or PINs on all devices. Be
prepared for your younger children to frequently ask you to enter the password.
This is a good way of monitoring apps they are trying to download.
- Don't give your children your home network or
router password, or your work-related passwords.
- Place your home computer in a location where you
can easily see what your children are doing.
- Do not let your children (or anyone else) use
your company-provided devices!
Kids are targets
too, and they need your help to understand the risks and to make good choices.
For more tips and tricks for home and work, visit our Secure
I.T. page on Knect. Questions? E-mail us at SecureIT@kindred.com.