>>Female Speaker: In today's world, if you have children,
chances are they've been on the Internet.
Have you had "the talk" with your kids?
No, not that one, the one about being safe online.
Does your child have any social media friends on
their list they don't even know?
If so, they've got to go.
Does your child post things they shouldn't?
Do they know those things can last forever, even if
they delete them?
Encourage your kids to use privacy settings and
to think twice before they share anything because they never
know who will see it.
Do they share too much information about their
name, age, or location?
Some things should stay in the family.
Online gaming can be one way that sketchy folks try to
get private information from your kids.
So, be on guard.
Teach your kids about using strong passwords.
They need a different one for every site, email
address, and app they use.
Use upper and lower case letters, numbers, and
symbols with at least 10 to 12 characters.
A great way to create a strong but memorable
password is to use a pass phrase.
Just make sure not to use famous quotes, music lyrics,
or certain personal information like birthdays
or addresses because those will be easy to guess.
And remind your children never to share their
passwords with anyone, not even their best friend.
Are your kids participating in it?
Are they victims of it?
Help them recognize the signs and know they can
report anything to you or another trusted adult.
Get smart about smartphones.
In addition to being able to access the Internet, some
apps can do more than they probably should.
GPS can be very helpful for finding your way around
or finding your friends, but it can also allow others
to find you.
Tell your kids to limit these features to avoid
broadcasting their location to the world.
Also check out apps before you download them to make
sure they won't collect and share personal information,
let your kids spend real money, or do other things
you wouldn't want them to.
Eliminate all sexting.
That is sending, forwarding, or even saving sexually
explicit photos, videos, or messages from a
Sexting can do more than risk your child's reputation
and friendships; it can even be illegal.
Last but not least, make Internet security a habit.
Always use security software and firewalls, even on
And keep your operating systems and apps up-to-date.
Teach your kids about phishing, malware, insecure
Wi-Fi, and how to recognize secure websites.
And remember, have the Internet safety talk with
your child early and often.