Kids today don’t know of an age without social media. It is a new thing for parents and we are racing to be on top of our kids’ activities while trying to keep them safe and understand the ever growing list of new social media outlets. In trying to educate myself on this, I came across an article by Consumer Reports about how it is not only social media, it is also smart toys that we have to be mindful of. I feel I need to share it with you so below is an outline of the article for you. How to Protect Children’s Online Privacy
How to Protect Children’s Online Privacy
Added to the social media situation, we now have to worry about smart toys collecting information. What is they get hacked? What if our child’s data is exposed and out there?
Here’s how parents can protect their children’s online privacy.
Be Wary of Connected Toys
Even toys as simple as a teddy bear now often come with a Bluetooth or WiFi connection that can send information back and forth between the toy and a smartphone app or a server somewhere.
How could such data be used? Experts say a terrifying worst-case scenario would be an attempted abduction, but a more likely outcome would be eventual credit card fraud or identity theft. Privacy risks recently prompted German officials to tell parents to get rid of an internet-connected doll called “My Friend Cayla.”
Think Before You Post
Just like their physical security, your children’s digital security starts with you, especially when they’re too young to fend for themselves. So think before you post, and make sure you’re limiting who can see the information.
The mere act of releasing your child’s name, gender, hometown, and birthday to the world gives hackers something to work with.
Parents should also think twice before posting pictures that could reveals hints of a location, such as photos taken in front of their home or child’s school, says Mike Raggo, chief research scientist at ZeroFOX, a social media security company.
Talk to Your Kids
“The talk” doesn’t just refer to sex anymore. Talking to your kids about proper internet usage and the consequences that bad online behavior can have is almost as important.
Be a ‘Friend’
Moniz says that he required his own kids to give him their passwords if they wanted to have social media accounts, though he acknowledged that other parents see that as too “big brotherish.”
When parents see their child’s peers do something inappropriate online, they should talk to their child about it and use it as a teachable moment, Moniz says.
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