Internet safety means more than monitoring the websites and people children are engaging with. It also includes the following:
- Learning to protect your family's personal information
- Knowing how to share files safely
- Being able to identify phishing attempts
- Recognizing that not all smartphone apps are safe and should be chosen wisely
What can you do to protect yourself?
- Have safeguards in place, such as virus software
- As soon as your children are allowed access to the Internet, begin educating them about computer safety
- When they are older, teach them steps they can take themselves, such as using security software to scan files they have downloaded.
The FTC provides a very helpful resource, Kids and Computer Safety
, that I recommend to help with family discussions and knowing what steps to take.
More ways to secure your personal information
Our online security center provides additional actions you can take to protect yourself from financial fraud.
As a Senior Information Security Analyst at Old National Bank, Beth works to protect the bank and its clients from cyber risks.
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With our kids today spending more and more time using smartphones, laptops and tablets, it's important to educate them on how to protect themselves and the family while using these devices.