It has become common knowledge that advertisers track everything we do online. While once worthy of front page headlines, it is now old news that companies make money by analyzing the way we use and interact on the web. We have become well-informed of the privacy invasions that are now inherent to the internet. Children, on the other hand, are naive.
We live in a highly digital world, and the internet is everywhere – at home, at school, on the go. Ten years ago, it would be unfathomable that a conversation about your child’s internet safety would be so important. Today, however, a conversation on online privacy is imperative to keep your children safe on the internet.
Practice safe Social Media: As kids grow curious and begin to explore sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, be sure they’re aware nothing they post online is 100% private and content shared on the internet is forever. Also, if they sign up for these sites, make sure their privacy settings are secure.
Introduce your kids to DuckDuckGo: While not necessarily the sites’ target audience, kids will love DuckDuckGo. Its friendly mascot – a smiling duck in a green bow tie – is sure to be a crowd pleaser. This private search engine is a great way to protect children from Google’s prying eyes.
Don’t give out personal information: Kids should never give out their personal information on the web without explicit permission. This includes name, date of birth, address, email address, school (any personally identifiable information).
Use DoNotTrackMe: DoNotTrackMe allows your child to achieve internet safety across the web. DoNotTrackMe is interactive and fun, informing users how many trackers are found on each website and awarding medals when certain levels of tracker blocking are achieved.
In recent years, internet users have made their discontentment with data collection clear. It is now crucial to consider not only your internet safety, but also how to protect your child on the internet. If we equip our children with the knowledge and tools to achieve a safer internet, 10 years down the road, privacy – not lack there of – may be inherent to the WorldWideWeb.