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Privacy and Internet Safety

How do I protect my kid's privacy online?

First, there are two kinds of online privacy. Personal privacy refers to your kid's online reputation, and consumer privacy (also known as customer privacy) refers to the data companies can collect about your kid during an online interaction or transaction. Both are important, and a few simple steps can help parents and kids keep their private information private.

The first step is using strict privacy settings in apps and on websites. When you or your kid gets a new device or signs up for a new website or app, establish your privacy preferences. Follow the directions during initial set-up, or go to the section marked "privacy" or "settings" and opt out of things such as location sharing and the ability for the app or website to post to social media sites such as Facebook on your behalf. Encourage kids to read the fine print before checking a box or entering an email address. Although it might not be practical to read through every Terms of Service contract, it's good to remind kids to be aware of what information they're agreeing to share before they start using an app, a website, or a device.

Next, teach your kids always to consider the information they're potentially giving away when engaging online. For younger kids, define that information as address, phone number, and birth date. Make sure they understand the basics of good online behavior, too, including thinking about the impact of posting a photo or comment. Remind them that it's not always easy to take back something once it's online and that texts and photos can be forwarded to anyone.

Finally, there are some legal restrictions in place to help protect your kids' consumer privacy and insure they're using age-appropriate websites and apps. The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) prevents kid-targeted websites and apps from collecting data from kids younger than 13 without parental consent.

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Adult written by gwilli

I'm a parent coordinator at a middle school in Brooklyn, NY. I would like to have a workshop on internet safety. Does Common Senseto host workhops for families in schools?
Adult written by Chacha67

My son is getting emails from porn sites and also gets emails from females soliciting him for sex and they include a number to text back to if you want to contact the person who sent it. How do I protect him from ever seeing these filthy emails?
Adult written by jimtsmith

Chacha67: Don't protect them from it. Sheltering your child is the single worst thing you can do for them. As soon as a sheltered child gets thrust into adulthood, they will fall apart. It's a much better idea to raise them to be responsible so they don't succumb to such temptations. Better they struggle with pornography, alcohol, etc wile they are young than when they no longer have parents for counseling. Your child has to confront these issues sometime in his/her life. if it happens after their preteen and teen years you will likely never know (let alone be able to help).
Adult written by Piper O.

You didn't cover anything about the digital footprint that kids leave online or the potential for malware. Not everyone has the best of intentions, and as parents and guardians, it is our role to educate our kids about that. Want to share a guide with everyone I read on the express vpn internet security blog, but the spam filter won't let me, but essentially, I think you need to add these 2 things: 1. how permanent things that go onto the internet is 2. there are many sites seeking to install malware into your computer
Adult written by jake l.

You see i find it funny how many people believe that it is OK to fake names the common sense media advertisement over the tv shows a person putting in a fake username which is Illegal and is considered hacking and accessing a product or service without access in other words you are pretending to be someone else to gain access the product or service edit: also putting fake information is considered the same thing as mentioned above
Teen, 14 years old written by gerry farahm

so what you have to do is just tell him to not put his or her or its address online that is about everything you need to do
Parent of a 6-year-old written by Kathy B.

this was so helpful to me. I am thinking so hard on setting on my sons on face book account now and email now that I know what to do. thank you so much.
Teen, 13 years old written by ChloeAndCommonSense

You should write out a paper with the border lines, and then tell them to follow that. But if they don't, possibly give them a consequence, in you right mind. :) HOPE this helps. :)