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Summer break is here, which means kids are starting to spend more free time online and on mobile devices. According to homeland security, children run into all sorts of risks in the cyber world, including cyberbullying, inappropriate content, online predators, and cyber criminals seeking to steal their personal information. It’s important for parents to know how to keep their children safe from these threats online. As summer vacation kicks off, share these five online safety tips with your children.

  1. Don’t share too much information. Create a list of things your kids should never post or share online – like posting sensitive information about birthday and birthplace, etc.Make sure it’s important to keep this information private.
  2. Be careful about what you post .The internet isn’t private.Becareful about what you post about your children .Once your kids share a post picture or video, they can’t control how others will use it, and it can never be permanently deleted. Teach them to be thoughtful and cautious in what they post and share online.
  3. Only connect with people you know.”Don’t talk to strangers” is a good rule world and the cyber world. Predators and stalkers can easily create fake profiles to hide their identities, so instruct your kids to only connect with friends they actually know in real life. Also check your children’s privacy settings to make sure strangers can’t see their profiles. Sometimes privacy settings get reset to default settings during program updates, so check their profiles regularly.
  4. Keep your location private. If you choose to, many apps, network and devices have geo – tagging features which broadcast your location. This information could lead a stalker directly to your kids, so check that these features are completely off.
  5. Protect your password. Show your kids how to create strong password and make sure they know to never share them with anyone (except their parents or trusted adult).