We’re excited to present this new series from Dadpreneur: How To Keep Kids Safe Online. We created this special series to help parents navigate the many curves it takes to keep their kids safe online. Using our own testing methods, academic and government research to provide accurate data, we explore what measures parents and guardians can and should be using to keep their kids safe. A key note to keep in mind: our guidelines will be different than those “big tech” and app developers will push. This is because we’re taking an unbiased approach, with the only end goal being the safety of young people in the digital world.
With the start of a new school year, it’s the right time to review your own safety measures when it comes to your kids’ devices. Are you correctly monitoring the parental controls on the phones, tablets and computers in your household? We understand, it can be overwhelming and time-consuming to keep up with what your children are doing on their devices. Having 4 kids myself, I empathize with the frustrations and seemingly never-ending changes that happen in tech that affect our children. Sometimes those frustrations lead us to relax when it comes to our oversight — but this is a dangerous stance to take with the increase in child pornography and grooming, online bullying, and mental health crises.
Sextortion is a crime that involves adults coercing kids and teens into sending explicit images online. The FBI has several resources to help caregivers and young people better understand what sextortion is, how to protect against it, and how to talk about this growing and devastating threat. You may also be interested in The FBI’s Safe Online Surfing (SOS) program, which teaches students in grades 3 to 8 how to navigate the web safely. Sign up here!
Did you know – there’s a significant difference between security and privacy? Big tech works to keep your connectivity secure – that line between the user and the server hosting the app or website being used or visited. However, those companies are also monitizing your activity to increase their market dominance. So what does that mean for you? While your activity may be secure, it’s NOT necessarily private. Google recently announced they will no longer move away from Chrome’s use of third-party cookies this year, as previously planned — now it won’t happen until 2024.
In this series, we’ll help you and your family stay safe and understand the ins and outs of responsible use of devices.
A few topics we’ll cover:
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