Back-to-school security tips
A new school year means new friends and more time online (and, *gasp* maybe even a new phone!).
We’ve got the tips you need to master online safety for kids, and to secure their devices.
Varay’s top 4 tips to protect kids
Online threats like bullying, scams, and mature content are shockingly accessible to kids. And with a new year bringing greater independence and increasing access to tech, back-to-school season is a prime time to brush up on your security knowledge.
Here are our tips to for device security and online safety for kids:
- Create family tech policies — Make technology and safety a recurring conversation, starting as young as you can. Make sure your kids know you care about teaching them how to use devices and the internet wisely, and that you’ll check in on their use periodically. Part of your policy can include non-secret passwords. You should have access to every app and account they own.
- Talk about online safety — The internet and phone apps are going to be a huge part of their lives as adults, so consider these conversations an investment in their future relationships and careers, not just part of their youth. Just as you point out dangers and remind them of the rules of the road when they’re learning to drive, talk with them constantly as they learn to navigate the digital world. Share tips you read about spotting scams or phony social media accounts. You can also use tools and online safety games like these to drive home online safety principles.
- Take control — Make use of parental controls that come on your kids’ devices and any they have access to in the home. If you’re an Apple family, consider using Family Share so you’ll know about any questionable apps they download. You can also set up content controls on YouTube to screen out a lot of mature content.
- See what they’re seeing — If your child has a connected device or phone, they have access to the wild wild west of predators, bullies, and sites you don’t want them visiting. But there are programs that will give you mirror copies of your child’s texts and tell you what sites they’re using online, so you can identify anything unsafe and help steer them in the right direction.
We hope these safety tips help you secure your most precious assets, but online and device safety doesn’t stop at home. Businesses are vulnerable to the very same threats online, and Varay has the tools and experience to protect you.
Contact us today to set up a free visit to determine your IT score and secure your team online.
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