Safer Internet Day aims to create both a safer and a better internet, where everyone is empowered to use technology responsibly and respectfully. It is important for everyone from children and young people to parents and carers, teachers, educators and social workers, as well as industry, decision makers and politicians, to encourage everyone to play their part in creating a better internet.
Here are some quick tips on how to protect your family on the internet:
We believe that communication is the key to identifying online misinformation. Talk regularly with your family about how they use technology and where they go for information online. Discuss who they follow and what stories they find surprising or suspicious. Remind them that people you meet online are not always who they claim to be. Be as cautious and sensible in your online social life as you are in your in-person social life.
2. Set an example.
Show your family how you question and evaluate online content. If you come across a fake news story, or get sent a phishing email, discuss how you spotted it and what you did. A top goal of cybercriminals is to trick you into downloading malware—programs or apps that carry malware or try to steal information. This malware can be disguised as an app or an online game.
3. Fact check.
Fact-check and reflect before sharing content, posts or pictures. It can be tempting to share surprising or attention-grabbing online content with your child or your family group chats, but make sure to fact-check these links before you do. This is another chance to set a good example in how to share information responsibly online.
4. Keep Your Privacy Settings On
Marketers love to know all about you, and so do hackers. Both can learn a lot from your browsing and social media usage. Online games are especially popular among children. A lot of these websites have privacy-enhancing settings available. These settings are sometimes (deliberately) hard to find because companies want your personal information for its marketing value. Make sure you have enabled these privacy safeguards, and keep them enabled.
The number one password in 2020 was "123456". Teach your children and family the importance of creating unique passwords that they can remember. Remind them to update their passwords often and to keep them a secret.