As we slowly shift towards a new reality wherein work from home is becoming the norm, it begins to put a lot of things about our future into perspective.
Do we consider this increased reliance on online communication a sign of what’s to come? As an adult navigating the online working world, it’s hard to believe there was ever a time we lived without it.
Yet, for children who are growing up within this transient world of technology, there’s a whole new level of reliance on the internet when it comes to education and entertainment.
1. The importance of online safety for kids
As the world evolves to accommodate change, so must you. Educational demands are continually growing as children are looked upon to be the new ‘digital natives.
Yet, being adept at accessing the internet does not necessarily mean you’re practicing safe internet etiquette. As a busy parent, you can’t be expected to be able to predict or prevent your child’s every online move, but at the same time, you’ve got to keep your child safe.
The online world is just as filled with unknown dangers as the real world. Some of the most common threats include:
a. Malware Scams
As a cautious adult, a suspicious email or text is relatively easier to spot, and even then, scammers still successfully prey on us.
However, it is much easier to lure children into clicking on a malicious link or advert. Installing antivirus software, educating children in general about ‘bad’ relationships, or not giving away account information are great ways to reduce these dangers.
b. Online Predators
Scammers aren’t your only cause for concern, and criminals began to adapt to this new world too. They try to reach out to children through platforms such as games, blogs, sites like Reddit, and more, that emphasize anonymity.
Hiding behind a username, strangers often build rapport with children, by creating a level of trust or bonding with them.
Educate your child on the internet’s version of the ‘big bad wolf.’ Warn them of suspicious behavior and reiterate the rule of ‘private information stays private.
’ If they’re gaming online, ensure it’s just their friends they’re gaming with. Always try to keep a check on who they’re connecting with and what platforms they’re using to do so.
c. Dark Web
While the internet is filled with incredible resources, it also has an equal amount of information not meant for young eyes.
Protecting your child from this is easy when you’ve got parental controls in place. An easy way to monitor this as well could be through software that immediately notifies you if this boundary is breached.
2. A cybercafe solution
In most cases, educating your child or general awareness is not enough. Children are naturally curious and, at their age, can be rebellious as well.
Again, as a parent, it is impossible to be around 24/7 to ensure your child is safe on the internet — which is why solutions like parental control, screen timeouts, and more are essential.
Antivirus companies offer packages directly targeting cyber safety for kids, solving your concerns with one easy parental solution.
In particular, Norton is offering customers 6-months of complimentary usage of their Norton Family service due to the increase in online activity that comes with working and studying from home.