Children nowadays find themselves acquainted with technologies that we didn’t have 20 years ago. They are entering cyberspaces where security can be a point of concern, especially with the lack of proper education. It might seem innocent to find them just watching YouTube videos of their favorite cartoon shows or characters, but remember, online crime lurks in the most unexpected places, too.
Threats Across the Cyberspace
Daily reports of new ransomware, virus, and malware show that hundreds of thousands are created on a regular basis. The number of infections and attacks increase, and we can hardly say that the internet is a safe space, unless we know enough about how to protect ourselves. Large corporations and big companies aren’t the only ones being threatened. Even individual consumers are being put at risk for stolen information, if not damaged data in exchange of a sum.
It is not easy to explain this to a child using the internet, but there are ways to communicate and teach them about cybersecurity.
It is important to establish a limit as to what children are allowed to do online. This doesn’t mean that you’re only going to teach them one thing – that one thing you’re allowing them to do – but it is necessary to give them a glimpse of everything else that could possibly be done, so that they will understand whether they’re doing something they’re not supposed to do.
Show them different websites and how potentially dangerous sites look like. Sway them from going to download sites and tell them not to click ads. When a new window opens and takes them away from where they’re accessing allowed content, let them know that it’s a “bad sign.”
Utilize “Child Lock” and Other Security-Related Extensions
As an adult, you are primarily responsible for a child’s security online. They can only protect themselves to an extent and understand what security means on a deeper level. No worries, you’ve got countless tech developer allies when it comes to this.
Before you allow your child the freedom of using a smartphone or a computer, make sure that it has been properly set up, security-wise.
- Block particular sites from being accessed
- Only allow trusted and verified applications to be installed
- Password protect admin functions – make a good decision!
As long as your children are under the blanket of cybersecurity, you can confidently sit back and let them explore the digital space.
Keep the tips that we discussed in this article and consider it a part of your responsibility as an adult. When children develop good cybersecurity habits at a young age, we can expect them to continue doing so until they reach adulthood – a future to look forward to.