Especially as they spend enough time on social media, children may have to deal with malware and phishing, personal data theft and online bullying.
Since it is practically impossible for a parent to ban or restrict the use of social media in their children, it can at least educate them to be careful. THE ESET has compiled four basic guidelines for parents who are concerned about their children's exposure to social media and are looking for effective ways of educating and supervising them.
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Correct bases for responsible use of the Internet. Initial explorations of children on the Internet should be supervised by parents, with tips and guidance that help them develop critical thinking and make better use of the Internet. From the outset, it is useful for children to know that they must think before they click on any link or button and that they must be cautious with people they do not know.
Dialogue and good example. Responsible use can be taught with the right parenting example: we watch as we behave online, remember that any action on the internet leaves traces, that anything shared or published can potentially stay there forever, and how important it is to protect our data properly. passwords. Cultivating dialogue is also very important because it enables children to discuss their concerns openly with their parents.
Making technology an ally. The technology itself offers a range of tools that can significantly shield children. Initially, parents need to ensure that the basic safeguards are in place on the devices used by children, that is, the necessary systems and software updates are installed. Also, creating user accounts with special settings and restrictions specifically for children and using parental control tools are designed to help children use the Internet safely and productively. Finally, installing a reliable security suite will greatly help to strengthen cyber defense.
Using social media safely. Default social media privacy settings do not guarantee the safety of any user, much less a child. Parents therefore need to invest time in arranging and explaining to their children if their information will be made public and, if so, what it will be. The use of correct passwords is also very important: children should use unique and strong passwords - at least 10 characters, in uppercase and lowercase characters, a number and a special symbol such as # or @ - and not reveal them to anyone, not even their best friend. Most popular social media also enable two-factor authentication, which contributes significantly to account protection.