"So?" you say, "I'm doing the same things on the internet as the next guy, and I'm not doing anything wrong." Even so, there are a few privacy steps that eveyone should be aware of, here on Yuliya Riabko's blog: Is your personal information safe?
1. Talk to your kids. Be open, listen to their concerns and share yours. Google yourself and your kids. You may be suprised what comes up.
2. Be a role model for your children. One way to be a role model is to ask everyone, including your own children and your friends, before their personal information or photos online. Asking, "hey, is it ok if I post this silly photo of you on FB," is only common courtesy, especially because its going to be there forever.
3. The Internet is NOT private. Remember when your parents used to warn you not to talk on the phone to strangers? The same rules should apply to the internet. Make a general rule about "friending" people, such as: if you haven't met f2f, if you have not been in the same class/house/public space as that person then you should not accept the freind request.
4. Keep up with technology. How many times have you seen a teenages showing an adult how to use a mobile? Its a parent's responsibility to be informed, not the other way around. Would you let your 12-year-old teach you how to drive your car?
5. Learn about privacy settings and password. Tap settings/privacy and check out the privacy and location settings on your photos, email, calendar, games, apps. Get to know what is accessing your information.
Hi Krysta! Good post - nice, concise overview of this week's materials. Thanks for building on Yuliya's post by focusing on privacy and kids. Even though it's my area of research and personal interest, I sometimes forget about how my kid is engaging online. My strategy of an outright ban is no longer effective ;) Also, thanks linking to the OPC - they do amazing, forward-thinking work.
Great post, Krista!And thank you for the useful tips for parents!