There was a time when every parent knew what to tell their children to be safe. Children knew not to take candy from strangers, or go swimming right after eating. These days the rules have all changed and children have a new playground on which they must be trained in order to stay safe.
The cyberworld takes up a huge amount of children's time and, unfortunately, is very dangerous. Sitting a child down and explaining to them about protecting their private information online or staying away from child predators is not easy. Here are some fun ways to teach your child cybersecurity.
- Stay Safe Online: Stay Safe Online is a wonderful program put together by the National Cyber Security Alliance. Thier website (www.staysafeonline.org) provides a wealth of information for teachers and parents to use in order to teach children about cyber security. The site is even broken down into grade level so that children will not feel like something is too immature or way over their heads.
- iKeepSafe: Within iKeepSafe's website (www.ikeepsafe.org) there are areas for educators, communities and parents. There is also a section for children themselves to peruse and learn as they go. One of iKeepSafe's programs is called "Prevent & Detect". It teaches parents how they can use technology to prevent and detect everything from eating disorders to alcohol abuse. This is a great way for parents to learn how to use the cyberworld to help protect their children rather than simply fearing it.
Armed with these wonderful resources, it shouldn't be such a hassle to help children understand the dangers of the Internet. Parents will be able to spend less time on explaining the intricacies of online identity theft and more time making sure their children look both ways before crossing the street.
"How to Teach Your Child About Cybersecurity" was written by Nikki Junker. Nikki is the Social Media Manager at the Identity Theft Resource Center. We welcome you to post/reprint the above article, as written, giving credit to and linking back to the original post on the ITRC Blog.