In order to teach our children how to be safe online, we first need to understand the basics and apply them ourselves. Here are some tips to staying savvy online:
- Choose strong passwords. Passwords should contain a variety of numbers, letters and symbols. Your password should not be able to be easily guessed and make sure you don’t share your passwords with anyone, except your parents.
- Regularly back-up your files. It’s that horrible moment when your computer breaks down and you realize that you haven’t backed up those latest wonderful photos of your daughter or your work projects. This doesn’t have to be a time-consuming activity.
- Be careful what you download. We’ve all done it – a quick check to ensure that the email attachment is something you were expecting or from a trusted source. If in doubt, check with the person it is from before opening. It may be a virus.
- It sounds so obvious but people give out information to people too readily online. Don’t give out your personal details – like your address and telephone number to people you don’t know and don’t meet up with people you have met online.
- And please remember, that once something is published on the internet, it is on there forever. Think before you post anything especially personal information or pictures of yourself and others.
I hope these tips help you and your children to stay safe online!