Who doesn’t love to travel? We get to spend time away from our regular routine and, of course, share every part of our journey with our friends and family on social media platforms. In this excitement, we forget about online security and privacy. While we adults do understand what’s safe and what’s not, kids live in a world of their own so we have to take care of them. It isn’t as simple when we could just stop our kids from going too far away or hang around strangers to ensure their safety. The internet has made the world complicated.
We spend all our time using laptops and mobile phones connected to the internet. There are many evils online that just like to hurt people in any way possible. A big example is the ‘Blue Whale Challenge’ that consumed the life of dozens of teenagers. If not monitored closely, your kids may be exposed to things they are not supposed to know or see. Here are five must-follow steps for online safety when traveling.
Take Your Kids in Confidence
It is important that you discuss important things with your kids. Take them in confidence and tell them what they shouldn’t do and how it could result. Tell about the online threats and how to stay away from them. For example, ask them not to make friends with any stranger on any social media platform. Make sure your kids trust you and aren’t scared of you, or they won’t share their problems with you.
Use Child Lock and Safety in Devices
We can’t stop kids from using laptops and smartphones. Not because they won’t like it, but because it’s a necessity. They will be left behind if they don’t understand how the online world works. They have to learn how to use technology and keep connected to the social network. The only thing you can do is secure their devices for them.
First of all, be the admin of the device and create a child account for your kids. Most devices have a built-in feature for this. Second, use child safety that applies filters to what a user can and can’t view. It also allows you to set timings for how long they can use a computer or mobile.
Set Devices for Privacy
As online services have gotten smarter, they have also risked our privacy. For example, Google always knows your exact location to provide you better search results. Moreover, Facebook automatically tags your location when you update a status. These settings are by default so you have to change them manually. This assures no one online knows the location of your house or yourself. You wouldn’t want to update a status that strangers can see.
Use Parental Control Applications
The closest way to monitor activities on a laptop and mobile is to install a parental control application. Such an application will allow you to block the features that you believe your kids or other family members shouldn’t use. The best thing is that you can monitor the device from anywhere as long as you have an internet connection. You can see the screenshots of the device, the websites user visited, calls he/she dialed or received, and types of texts. Some apps also allow you to track the location and hear the surrounding of the device. It’s a great way to be with your family even when you are not physically with them.
Don’t Connect to Public Wi-Fi Connections
Inspired eLearning is also on the mission to make the online world a safe place for everyone. In one of their security tips of the day, they shared how dangerous it can be to connect to public Wi-Fi connections. Many strangers and potential exploiters are connected to public Wi-Fi hotspots. It’s easier to access or hack someone’s device when you are connected to the same network. Inspired eLearning has shared more cybersecurity tips here. Don’t connect to any public network and ask your kids to do the same, otherwise, someone could access your private information, including all social media credentials.
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