Guest Post – The Top Internet Safety Tips for Kids & Parents

From  Today’s kids are digital natives, and so are many parents. But tech savvy doesn’t always translate into increased safety online. We asked cybersecurity experts for the best and most practical internet safety tips for kids, teens and parents.

Nowadays, kids are spending more time online. They’re learning, playing games, hanging out with friends and more – all from their smartphones and computers. And as parents work online more kids aren’t always supervised. All things considered – scammers are targeting kids in clever ways that aren’t always so apparent. Start with the following to keep Internet safety for your kids a top priority. Here’s what else you need to know:

  • Talk About Internet Safety

    The FBI is encouraging parents to regularly talk about Internet safety with kids – including red flags and what they should use the Internet for. It’s also best to keep Internet devices in open, common areas of your home to quickly make sure your child is practicing safety measures.

  • Set-Up Parental Controls

    Authorities also recommend that parents regularly check their children’s Internet history, apps and social media activity to make sure nothing goes unnoticed. This includes checking direct messages, files and history of websites visited. You can also regularly check and ensure safety using parental controls and privacy settings on their devices and social media.

  • Teach Kids About Online Abuse and Boundaries

    Most importantly, make sure children are aware of online dangers including sexual exploitation – sharing photos and fulfilling inappropriate requests from anyone – especially strangers. Teach them to never share personal information online and alert an adult if anyone is pressuring them to do so. If you notice this, file a report with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and contact local authorities immediately.

  • Introduce New Online Activities

    The Coronavirus has altered kids’ day-to-day with limited interactions and more screen time. But, the Internet shouldn’t be a scary space for kids. Instead, introduce them to new ways to enjoy the digital space. Here are a few ways to help kids run wild with their imagination online safely – and with adult supervision.

    • Exercise and interactive games
    • FaceTiming or video chatting with trusted loved ones
    • Movies from their favorite streaming platforms including Disney+ and Netflix for Kids
    • Cooking demos

On Wednesday we will complete this article, so please return for more computer safety tips for parents and kids.

Written by your home security expert Emily Ferron.  Emily is an experienced writer passionate about covering topics at the intersection of tech, health, safety and humanity.


About the Author:

I am a cybersecurity and IT instructor, cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. I am an owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, I also conduct security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. I also teach Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. I work as an information technology and cybersecurity instructor for several training and certification organizations. I have worked in corporate, military, government, and workforce development training environments I am a frequent speaker at professional conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, the (ISC)2 World Congress 2016, and the ISSA International Conference 2017, and many local community organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at
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