Today, social media and ‘sharenting’ take center stage. There’s a new photo online of a celebrity child every day, or people sharing images of their children online in blogging communities or discussion groups. Parents do this to look for advice or to proudly show off something their child has done. But in this time of over-sharing and putting details and images of children online, how do you make sure that your child is safe?
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Use a VPN
What is a VPN and how can it help you? VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. VPNs take your data and pass it through an encrypted tunnel or a set of proxy servers. This process makes it look as though the VPN is sending the data instead of you. Protected data coming from the VPN can’t be read by third parties who might be trying to steal your information. This gives you more security on the internet than if you don’t use a VPN. As an added bonus, many VPNs have anti-malware or anti-spyware in their software for extra protection.
Don’t put images and information online
‘Sharenting’ is where parents share their children’s successes or post pictures and stories of their families online. Parents post pictures and the names of their kids on the web to help find ways to parent their children better or to show off how amazing their kids are. By sharing these, an online profile is slowly being built for your child. Their profile grows over time every time they use the web. You can keep your child safe by not using their images and names online, or by using a VPN to hide where the data appears to come from.
Use HTTPS websites for security
Websites that have an HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) in the URL bar support an SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) connection. This dual protection gives users extra safety while looking at their sites. You will see a green lock icon in the URL bar of the browser before the website address. When you see this, it means that the connection between you and the site you’re using is safe and secure. This extra layer of safety is one more step you can take to make sure that your children’s online information is being kept safe while they use the internet.