How to Ensure Your Children’s Privacy Online
As a parent, you’ve probably thought about how different times are today for your kids versus what it was like when you were growing up. The world has changed drastically, and much of that can be attributed to advances in technology. Thanks to things such as the Internet and mobile smart devices, people now have more access to information and each other than ever before. While this is a huge positive, it can also act as a negative because it has opened the door to things such as cyber bullying, online theft of personal information, and even online stalkers.
So, how do you go about providing an online environment that is safe and secure for your children? How can you protect their privacy and know that they are safe to explore online? While there is no sure-fire way to protect and block them from all the negative stuff, there are some simple steps you can take to create a more secure online environment for them. Let’s take a closer look.
Adjust Your Privacy Settings
The very first thing you want to do is adjust the privacy settings on your mobile devices and on your desktop and/or laptop. You want to use the strictest settings possible both on websites and on apps. Be sure to opt out of location sharing and the ability for apps to post information about the user to social media sites.
When new apps are downloaded, unfortunately these things are usually allowed, so it’s important to chat with kids about ways to safely download content. If they are young, then you should be the one downloading the app and making sure the privacy settings are selected. If they are older, discuss what they need to read and look for.
Delete Your Own Private Information and History Off Your Device
It’s also a good idea to get into the habit of deleting your private information from your web browser and whatever may be stored in your apps. If you’ve never deleted your Google search history before, then you may be in for a real shock to see just how much is stored.
If you happen to live in Europe, there are actually new regulations when it comes to Privacy Compliance and Facebook. These policies have now been tightened in regards to third-party entities and apps, but it’s still wise to be deleting your private information. Secure Data Recovery has a blog post that goes into detail about these new regulations and how to keep your private information safe and secure.
Have Open Discussions About Online Safety
Despite all the measures you may take on the computer and mobile devices to keep them safe, the fact is that children also need to be aware and know what to look for and avoid. This is why it’s very important to start discussing online safety with them at an early age. If you have given them access to a connected device, then the conversations should already be happening.
An On-Going Process
The big thing about your child’s privacy online is that it’s not just a one-time fix. Instead it’s about taking active measures on a regular basis and making sure you are always on top of safety.