Parenting Briefing: What Is Digital Privacy and Why Is It Needed?
Do you know that it is very simple to find some information about you online? Does your kid know about it? It’s much easier than you might think. Everything your children share via social media, and things they search in different browsers can be tracked by governments, different Internet companies and some individuals.
The problem is that kids enter the big online world and they want to try everything new. They gladly share information which can easily fall in the wrong hands. There are so many people in the Internet pretending to be friends who can turn to be bullies or rapists in result. Without understanding of privacy concepts, children won’t be able to avoid potential problems.
What Is Digital Privacy?
Privacy in the digital age is about protection of personal and sensitive information. The threat from hackers and cyber criminals has increased. There is always a risk to become a victim of cyber fraud today. Due to the study from Pew Research Center, 50% of the Internet users admit they are worried about the information available about them online.
Digital privacy is probably the biggest parents’ concern when it comes to social media using. Teens use Facebook, Twitter, different messengers such as WhatsApp and Kik, Instagram and Viber to share information with people from any corner of the world. Social media has become an integral part of kids’ everyday life and the serious danger at the same time.
Essentials of Digital Parenting
With so many devices, apps, games and content available, it’s hard to be a parent in the digital age. There always will be a cultural and technological difference between children and parents, but with a little effort, it is possible to understand the meaning of digital world.
Surely, you understand that the protection from the misuse of personal information is important. But what can you do to ensure your kids’ privacy and security? Here are several steps you can take:
- Install anti-virus software on your child’s computer.
- Help them select stronger passwords.
- Show them how to use VPN when looking for some information online.
- Explain all the dangers that come along with oversharing of personal data.
- Use parental controls to monitor child’s online activity and be sure your kid is secured.
- Set ground rules and guidelines for using online resources.
You need to constantly educate yourself and use all the essential information you can find. Watch videos, read articles and different guides that will help you learn everything about modern technologies and trends.
It is your responsibility as a parent is to teach your children to protect themselves. The most important thing you need to do is to explain them what privacy is and why its violation is such a serious thing. It will help to protect your kid from misleading strangers and predatory onslaught.
Limiting the number of personal data that can be easily monitored is the first step to protecting your family members. Internet security is a must, so be savvy about the information you and your kids share.