Being a parent is hard, especially when you have to keep up with the growing list of technological changes affecting your children.
In between chauffeuring kids to soccer practice and staying on top of their grades, there’s little time to research online threats, but computer viruses, ransomware and identity theft happen to children every day.
Everyday, You Tube users watch over 1 billion hours of videos.
All of this traffic draws the attention of scammers and cyberthieves looking to hack the system for profit.
Apps like Snapchat allow users to post images and messages that only show up temporarily and then are removed. Cyber thieves and bullies can easily take screenshots and photos of information and images before they disappear.
Popular apps like Whisper keep a user’s identity unknown, while others like Anomo start you off as anonymous but let you change your settings over time.
If your adolescents want to share anonymously, they may choose apps like After School, which is developed specifically for teenagers and includes resources for counseling, scholarships and social campaigns.
Children are good targets because they may have high levels of trust in people and low levels of knowledge in cybersecurity.
Being proactive and staying educated on the current cybersecurity risks facing kids and teens in today’s digital world goes a long way to keeping them safer online.
Parents who understand the biggest risks and educate their children are more likely to shut down cybercriminals before they ever have a chance to strike.
Explain and demonstrate how a phishing email works and their telltale signs.
Send your child an email with a “bad” mismatched link you made up.