Keep Your Children Safe With These Cyber Safety Tips

Keep Your Children Safe With These Cyber Safety TipsThe Internet is a very big place and your children are small, how are you to protect them from the vastness of the Internet?

Cyber security is important to everyone, but what does it mean to be “safe” in the online world? And what can parents do to ignore the media sensationalizing the web, and get down to what they really need to know about cyber security? Here are the top three things you can do to teach your kids how to become responsible digital web-browsing citizens.

  1. Teach them to post responsibly. Your kids should know that when they post something online, it is going to be online until the end of the Internet and it cannot be taken back. (Somebody should have told your Facebook friend that who has over 500 pictures of their baby, right?) Teach your kids to not post anything they wouldn’t say in person to stop them becoming an infamous “Internet Troll.”
  1. Teach them about privacy settings. It’s best to set your children’s computer time with parental controls to limit what they can see. Privacy settings can deter people from seeing their posts on Instagram, Facebook, or Snapchat. Disabling location services would be a good idea too, until they’re old enough to make their own decisions.
  1. How to Interact With Others. Just like IRL (in real life) children should be taught to recognize inappropriate behavior and respond by telling a trusted adult. Without the benefit of face-to-face communication, the human element is taken out of web forums and social media leading to some nasty comments. Teaching your child that there is another human being on the other side of the screen will show them that empathy is a strength, not a weakness.

Cyber security is a real threat that faces both people and businesses alike. Ensure that your children and information are kept safe from those that walk the strands of the web with malice intent with the right home or business insurance. Contact Miller Insurance Associates in Carlisle, Pennsylvania for all of your insurance coverage needs.