So school is out and the kids are home and already driving you nuts…at least they’re quiet and safe when they’re on the iPad, computer or your smartphone, right? Wrong. The online world opens up a whole suite of potential risks, such as exposure to inappropriate content, cyber bullying, and more. BullGuard has put together 5 key internet safety tips for your kids, that won’t put them at risk, and won’t put your internet security at risk either.
- Offline Time
Make sure your children get outside this summer, don’t just let them sit on the couch the whole time playing games. Whip out an old fashioned board game every once in a while, take them out for ice cream in the park!
- Lead by Example
How many times a day do you check your phone? Reign it in a little, while the kids are at home, and lead by example. If they don’t see you constantly checking your emails and messages, they’ll probably start thinking about it less too.
- Warning Signs
Just because school is out doesn’t mean the cyberbullies stop. Look for any unusual behavior – warning signs could be that your child becomes obsessed with the computer, or becomes totally turned off by it. Any extreme swing in behavior is a reason for a conversation to uncover why.
- Summer Usage Contracts
With the kids out of school, it’s a good time to revisit your data plans on both your computer and phones. You’re likely to see an increase in usage, so better to plan ahead. It’s also worth having your children sign a ‘Summer Contract’ to make sure they’re clear on how many minutes they can use their devices, so you don’t end up with a huge bill.
- Stranger Danger
Kids are more likely to meet up with strangers they meet online during the summer. This may not always be a bad idea, but it’s important that it’s handled correctly. It should be a decision between both you and your children – in other words, they need your approval. Meetings should be a in a public place, for a short period of time, and you should be nearby. Trust your instincts – if something doesn’t feel right – cancel the meeting.
With the kids at home, hogging your devices and chewing up your data plan, it’s smart to have a defence system installed to protect your internet security. After all, you can’t be reading over their shoulder 24/7. However, BullGuard Premium Protection can. Keep an eye on your children and their social media activities this summer without embarrassing them.
Make sure you’re on top of who’s messaging them, their friends and their photos, but let BullGuard do the work. We’ll send you alerts if anything suspicious crops up, so you can focus on manning that BBQ and having fun with your kids.