6 Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe During Remote Learning
With all the latest advancements taken into consideration, the Internet is still a quite vulnerable piece of technology especially when it comes to ensuring child safety online. It is, therefore, the responsibility for parents to intervene and take charge of the challenges. Today when millions of kids are actively participating in distance learning, parents could use some of the tips to keep their kids safe online.
Why Check Your Kids’ Online Activities During Remote Learning?
Isn’t that what we call ‘invading someone’s privacy’? Well, when we tell parents to watch over their kids’ online activities, we are talking about things that are far more important than privacy. The privacy of an individual is intact only until the individual is safe. And safety is what we prioritize before anything else.
There are so many reasons why you should be aware of online safety and track your kids’ online activities:
- Kids are being harassed online i.e. they are getting subject to cyberbullying
- Sexting and exchanging nude pictures can land your kids in trouble
- Child predators are lurking on the Internet and it’s difficult to identify them
- Leaking personal information can attract ‘digital strangers’
- Other threats include identity theft, malware/viruses/ransomware attack, and more
But, how do you keep these threats in check? That’s exactly what we are going to share now. Here are the tips you should follow to keep your kids safe during remote learning.
6 Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe During Remote Learning
1. Have Open Conversation With Kids About Online Risks
The most common reason why kids end up getting targeted online is that their parents never have communication about the adversities of using the web. Kids today naturally transition when it comes to using the Internet. However, they lack the understanding of how technology harms them. For most kids, life without the Internet is pretty unimaginable. That’s one side-effect right there. But since technology has become a huge part of our lives, it is important for parents to have open conversations about it, making the kids think objectively every time they use the Internet.
2. Take A Jab At Cyberbullying
Cyberbullying is a threat that we all have to keep our kids away from. The need to keep this in check is even more since children are spending 1.5 hours more than usual due to the stay-at-home orders. There has been a 52% increase in screen time, which has even increased the probability of kids experiencing cyberbullying. Parents need to explain to their kids that it is never ‘okay’ to receive hurtful comments online. If they happen to receive some, they should let you know and collect as many screenshots of the messages as they can. At the same time, tell your child to not be the aggressor and keep the online environment safe for everyone.
3. Don’t Give Away Information About Your Surroundings
Remote learning involves attending online sessions over video conferencing applications like Zoom. Although most houses have closed-circuits and other surveillance cameras, sharing videos give away information about your surroundings. You will have to ensure that your kids don’t give away sensitive information like location, how your room looks, or any other information online user can use to spy on you. This can be done by creating a designated area in your house that is secure and comfortable or use a physical background (a green screen) to not let out any privacy-sensitive information.
4. Double-Check The Online Tools Being Used by Kids
Turn all security settings on the tools and software that your kids are using for remote learning. However, make sure the tools and software being used are legit. Most schools actively suggest software to students. So, make sure the tools your kids download are the ones suggested by the institution. Go through the tools and check for their security settings. Turn on the parental control settings if they have any. Also, prefer using software that requires your kids to sign-in. In other words, you want your kids to use tools that only work when your kids want them to.
5. Turn Automatic Updates On To Stay Protected
Automatic updates will always keep your machine running in the best possible condition. The latest updates usually contain patches to resolve any issues in the security software on your computer. Next, enable the automatic updates on the software and tools used by the kids for remote learning. Developers keep releasing new updates to ensure the tools are safe to use online. So, keep these update settings enabled.
6. Keep Safe Distance from Scammers
The fake emails and pop-ups have become quite frequent on the Internet. Once interacted with, they will end up getting your kids in a conversation that will lead them to reveal their personal information. The emails often have attachments that once downloaded, can go on to harm the computer and the people involved might ask for a ransom to get the computer fixed. These scams have been well-documented on YouTube and you should let your kids watch and learn from them. Always remind your kids to not click on anything that looks unfamiliar or sketchy.
There has been no other time in history when we had to rely so much on the Internet. Your kids are getting more exposure to the technology, for which they are not mature enough. However, with your support and indulgence, the kids will soon find ways to use the Internet in a safe manner and learn remotely without jeopardizing their personal lives. Want to know more about how to keep kids safe during remote learning? Connect with us today!
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