Schools use firewalls, cyber security measures and filters to protect their students online, but you may not have the same strict security at home. We share some cyber safety tips to help keep your family safe.
Cyber threats can come from different sources including emails, websites, downloads, links and social media. With more kids at home on devices, it’s more important than ever to help protect your family by using a reputable anti-virus program on your home computers. Look for anti-virus software that provides protection from malware, adware and spyware.
While you can’t solely rely on parental controls, they can help protect your child by blocking access to specific websites and apps and are available on most devices. You can also use them to set time limits on screen time.
TALK TO YOUR KIDS
It’s never too early to start educating your kids about safe online behaviour. Older kids in particular will be on social media apps to connect with their mates, but it’s important to protect them by checking their privacy settings and encouraging them not to share photos, videos or information, which reveals their home address or other confidential information. Have steps in place for your child to follow if they see something online that they are not comfortable with.
It’s easy to use the same password for every application or to use something obvious like the family name or pet’s name, but experts warn against this. Use a mix of characters, numbers and cases, use different passwords for different logins and change passwords regularly. You should also use logins or passcodes to access all devices as well as the apps within that device.
To find out more about protecting your family, go to the eSafety Commissioner website.