When I was in high school my parents always said the computer would be in an open space in our home. The reason – to keep me and my siblings safe online.
Not only has the internet opened up from the world of AOL that I knew – children can now take the internet everywhere. Smartphones and tablets are amazing, said as a gadget addict, but they can be dangerous when it comes to our children accessing inappropriate content and posting private information.
That’s why I spoke with McAfee VP and Chief Privacy Officer, Michelle Finneran Dennedy about what you can do to keep your kids safe.
Here are some of her tips:
1. Get involved – find out why your child wants to be online, do they want to be social with their friends, watch YouTube videos, etc.
2. Get social – Finneran Dennedy said, “Check out the platforms your child wants to use just like you would check out a physical setting before you just threw your child in there.”
3. Set Up Rules – Tell your child you need to have their password and have a one week check-in about what’s going on online.
4. Practice Beforehand – Before your child gets online, start talking to them about what is and isn’t appropriate to post on social media platforms. Finneran Dennedy will look at pictures taken by her daughter and comment, “Hey, there’s a picture of your little sister in the background, there’s our address, there’s our license plate and our make and model of our car – all of these pieces of information aren’t necessarily things I’m ready to share with the world.”
For more tips, you can watch this interview with Finneran Dennedy.