Focus on Family: Keeping your children safe online
Deb Hornell, business strategist, leadership consultant and author of Good Things for a Full Life offers tips about how to turn an internship into a job.
Get device savvy:
Whether you’re using a laptop, desktop, Mac, tablet, mobile, wired Internet, wireless, or software, learn it. Take the time to learn enough about the devices your kids are using.
One of the best ways to get savvy is to get social. By using your devices to communicate with the people in your life, you inevitably learn the hardware and software. Keep in mind that “getting social” doesn’t entail exposing all your deepest, darkest secrets, or even telling the world you just ate a tuna sandwich, but it is a good way to learn a key method that your kids communicate.
Manage your/their online reputation:
Whether you are socially active or not, whether you have a website or not, there are plenty of websites that know who you are, that are either discussing you or listing your information in some fashion. Google yourself and your kids to see what’s being said. Teaching your kids what is and is not appropriate online is a must these days. And as a good rule of thumb, you should teach your kids that things posted online stays there forever.
There are more ways to scam people online than ever before. Your security intelligence is constantly being challenged, and your hardware and software are constant targets.