It is true that the internet has a lot of benefits from helping you to complete your assignment to watch a movie etc. But as a coin has two sides, the internet has both advantages and disadvantages. So, you should be extra vigilant while using the web to avoid the traps.
Here in this article, you are going to read how to be safe as a kid or teenage internet user.
Internet Safety Tips for Kids and Teens
From this moment, you must take an oath to follow the security tips that I am going to share. If you obey these wholeheartedly, you won’t regret and thank us later.
#1. Don’t Share Personal Details
People know that kids are the best way to sneak into a family. Or, it is the easiest method to ruin the strength of it. So, you don’t share anything personal on the web.
Many websites demand you to share your date of birth, your address, email address and such information. But whenever you feel like sharing those, approach your parent to seek advice. If he/she shows the green flag, you can go with it.
#2. Never Try to Meet Anyone You First Met Online
It is easy to fake the identity online. Hence, the real owner of a handsome boy’s or cute girl’s profile may be a senior citizen. That’s why you should never try to meet anyone whom you first met online.
In order to prevent such an occasion, it would be much better if you exclude strangers to be your social media friends.
#3. Don’t Share Online Credentials with anyone
You may have a lot of friends that you think to be loyal. But most probably, they are not that faithful to share your password with. In case, you are dying to share your password, do it with your parents.
If you share your usernames and passwords with anyone, how do you know if they change the old password to make you fall into troubles?
#4. Consult Your Parents Before Installing anything New
Tons of scam and fake apps are there. So, you need to be doubtful every time you hear about a new app or software. Tell about it to your parents. Then, they will install and try the same on their side. Always install reputed antivirus and internet security programs like Bitdefender, Kaspersky, Norton or check our recommendations.
So, it would be easy for you to have an idea of whether it is reliable or not.
#5. Don’t Save Password in Public Computers
You may use public computers in your school, college or internet cafes. Whenever you log into a website through a public computer, make sure you turn ‘Stay signed in’ (or ‘Remember me’) off. It will take you out when you close the browser window even though you forget to log out. Read our guide on securing yourself while using shared or public computers.
Most of the browsers ask you to save your passwords. Always choose Never in those public computers.
#6. Talk with Your Parents
When you find anything mean or filthy on the internet, feel free to talk about it to your parents. They will find a solution or make sure it won’t appear before you again.
Don’t reply to insulting or bullying messages.
Always approach anything online with a doubtful mind. Consult with your parents when you find something weird on it so that, you will never be trapped.