While the internet offers countless educational and recreational opportunities, it also presents significant risks to children’s cybersecurity. Parents and caregivers must take proactive steps to ensure their child’s safety in the online world. This article provides you with cybersecurity tips to ensure your child’s safety.
At The HDFC School, we have a strong focus on teaching kids about technology and the online world. Being a part of The HDFC Group that operates India’s largest private sector bank, we take online safety very, very seriously. As part of ensuring that kids learn to use the internet safely, we regularly conduct events that help our students stay aware of the various risks that they may face. We regularly conduct sessions on Cyber Hygiene and Security. One such event happened recently with Mr. Karthik Rao, a technologist with an interest in public policy and working as the Centre Head of CySecK, the K-tech Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security, Govt. of Karnataka. You can read about the seminar here - Cybersecurity Awareness for Kids. At another cybersecurity seminar organised at our Gurugram campus, renowned cyber security expert Mr. Rakshit Tandon spoke about the different types of cybercrime and the importance of developing cyber resilience in children. This attention towards students’ growth and holistic development has helped us consistently rank among the best schools in Bengaluru, Pune and Gurugram.
Here are the best tips on how children can stay secure on the internet.
Before diving into the technical aspects of cybersecurity, it's essential to educate both yourself and your child about online safety. Here are some key points to cover:
Parental control software allows you to monitor and limit your child's online activities, ensuring a safer online experience. It is highly recommended to use parental controls because of its benefits, such as:
Ensuring the security of your child's devices is crucial for protecting their online presence. Here's what you can do:
While an antivirus software will probably warn you in some way if a website is not safe to browse, it’s still good to teach your child the difference between a secure website and one which is not secure. Teach your child to look for the “padlock” in the address bar of the browser when visiting websites and only continue browsing if the padlock is there. If the address bar says “Not secure” as shown below, encourage them to not browse that website.
As technology becomes increasingly accessible, children are now more active on social media platforms. It has become essential to educate them about proper online etiquette and responsible use of social media.
Maintaining an open and honest line of communication with your child is one of the most effective ways to ensure their cybersecurity:
Empower your child with critical thinking skills to help them navigate the online world safely:
By educating both yourself and your child, implementing parental controls, securing devices, promoting responsible online behaviour, maintaining open communication, and teaching critical thinking skills, you can create a safer online environment for your child. Remember that ongoing guidance and support are key to helping your child navigate the digital world with confidence and security.
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