Having “the talk” with your kids

Deborah Salmi, Nov 30, 2016 2:38:16 PM

Your children can become good digital citizens with some guidance from you.

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The world is different from the one we grew up in. Children learn how to use a mouse and swipe a touchscreen before they can read or write, but just because they’re “digital natives” doesn’t mean they’re naturals at navigating the cyberworld safely. We’re parents too, and since we’re in the online security business, we’d like to help you talk to your child — whether they are 5 or 15 — about staying safe online.

Mothers and fathers, grandparents, and even older siblings are the trusted authorities in the home. You are the go-to resource to help keep the internet a safe place for your family.

To protect your children from making irreversible mistakes or trusting the wrong people online, you need to stay informed about current issues and understand the social networks and devices that your children use.

Children whose parents talk to them regularly about what they do online will likely be more responsible when alone and unsupervised.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). For the rest of the month we will publish articles to help you talk about online safety with the kids in your life. To see all our tips for online safety, social media and mobile security, download our eBook, What Grown-ups Need to Know About Online Safety for Kids. We want to help all digital citizens stay safer and more secure online. 


Here are some topics and tips to help you get started:

Keep a clean machine - Before anyone in your family connects for the first time, be sure that all the Wi-Fi enabled devices in your home — computers, mobile phones, tablets, and even routers — are secure. Malware on any of these devices can put your family’s personal information at risk. Avast has all the protection you need for different devices. Check out our selection.

Be positive, supportive, and engaged – As soon as your child gets active on the internet, you can begin talking about it. When you begin as an active participant; surfing the web together, setting up profiles, sharing online communities, the more open your entire experience will be.

Review privacy settings -  Before your child becomes active on a social site or is responsible for his own mobile phone, go through the privacy settings together  and decide on the appropriate amount of protection needed.

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