Stay safe online over the summer break 2021

Whether you are traveling abroad this summer or having a staycation, it is always a good idea to establish healthy digital habits.

Here are some tips to help you on your way:

If you are staying put this summer:

Set priorities as a family.

  • What online activities give your kids the most meaningful interaction?
  • What fulfils their social needs?
  • What engages their mind or creativity?
  • How much time will you give online activities v’s outdoor or face-to-face activities?

If you are a working parent this summer, you might consider parental controls to support your summer screen time.

Stay alert to scams.

Help your family keep scammers on their radar, since they may find ways to exploit your kids online.  Coronavirus scams, travel scams, and social scams are everywhere.  Meet that threat with consistent dialogue with your family and antivirus software.

Keep your guard against strangers and cyberbullies.

Strangers understand that young people spend more time online over the summer months and increased boredom can create a playground for cyberbullies.  Discuss with your children the risk of people that they do not know connecting with them and be sure to inform them how they can report inappropriate behavior. Report Harmful Content – We Help You Remove Content

If you plan to travel over the summer, here are some helpful tips to keep you safe:

  • Be cautions when connecting to the public Wi-Fi, when out and about.  Ensure that the Wi-Fi is secure.  Make sure not to make any financial transactions when on public Wi-Fi.
  • Make sure that you understand what tools are available to you to give you peace of mind that your identity and personal information is safe across all devices.
  • Before you travel, make sure to update your software, these updates often fix security bugs in the system.
  • Make sure to keep your devices protected and close by, if a device is on show, then temptation can be high to walk on by and take the item. 
  • Ensure that accounts have multi-factor authentication to double check digital users’ authenticity if the device gets into the wrong hands.

Have fun, stay safe, enjoy!

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