From playful Snapchat filters to potentially damaging spyware, the digital world is full of both perks and perils for young people – and can be an endless source of anxiety for parents worried about their kids’ safety online.
To make things a little bit easier, we’ve rounded up three practical e-safety tips from Parent Alert! How to Keep Your Kids Safe Online. From spotting crooks to taking safe selfies, each of these simple, visual examples can help you breathe easier starting right now.
1. Careful not to share too much: Taking safe selfies and photos
A staggering 1.8 billion images are uploaded onto social media every day. While posting selfies and other photographs can be a fun way to connect with friends, children and parents alike have to be careful about the information they may be inadvertently sharing to a wide audience – including online predators and thieves. In order to share safely, here are some things to avoid.
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2. The dangers of social media: How to spot fake friends
While sites like Facebook and Instagram can offer fun ways of keeping in touch with friends, there are many ways that social media exposes kids to danger. There is often no way of knowing for sure that an online “friend” is who they say they are, and bots and artificially created “fake friends” can be set up for the purposes of grooming and scamming. Here’s how to spot the difference between a genuine user and a worrying fake.
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Parent Alert! How to Keep Your Kids Safe Online is packed with real-life scenarios, practical advice, and action plans in plain language. It equips concerned parents with everything they need to know to protect their children from cyber crime, sexting, cyberbullying, phishing, ghosting, grooming, nude selfies and more.