Protecting Your Grandkids Online
By Linda Lindquist
From Monday, August 31 to Friday, September 4, Computer and Internet Health is being featured on News Radio WJBX 770 AM and 104.3 FM in a spot about Kid’s Internet Safety. The spot is targeted to parents whose children have been on stay at home since March and using computers more to learn from home and to communicate with friends and teachers. The COVID-19 virus is still rampantly spreading in the United States, and many children will remain at home to be safe.
As you know, I service computers mainly for senior citizens, many of whom have grandkids and great grandkids who are using computers more as they stay at home. Feel free to share this article with the parents of your grandkids and great grandkids who may not have thought about how to protect their kids online.
10 Ways to Protect Your Kids Online
- Be aware of your child’s use of the computer and set up a ‘standard’ user account for each child
- Protect Your Computer (smartphone, tablet) with robust anti-malware software
- Set age-appropriate Parental Controls and Privacy Settings
- Discuss your Rules for Computer Use with your Children
- Protect your Identity; do not give personal information to anyone
- Create strong, unique passwords for each online account
- Ask children to Report Cyber Bullying to parent or adult
- Make children aware of Online Predators
- Recognize Phishing Scams
- Do Not share Music, Games or Software
Your family can email me at protectYourPCs@gmail.com for a free copy of my book, Protecting Your Kids Online. I will be happy to remotely help your family if they need more help.