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Cybersecurity Tip of the Week – Talking to Kids about Online Security


Have you ever gotten that eye roll from a 10-year-old when you try to talk to them about cybersecurity? While a lot of kids know a great deal about navigating technology, they still need guidance about safety. A good starting point is comparing being home alone to being online alone (from a parent’s or guardian’s perspective). 

Home alone plan:

  • Keep a list of emergency contacts
  • Do not open the door to strangers
  • Keep doors and windows locked
  • Don’t answer the phone unless it is us
  • Don’t climb on the furniture

Mobile alone plan:

  • Notify us about uncomfortable interactions
  • Don’t connect with strangers
  • Use strong passwords and auto-update apps
  • Don’t answer messages from strangers
  • Don’t go to sketchy websites

Providing clear guidelines about what kids should or shouldn’t do online will help keep the whole family safe.