Talking to your kids about online safety is the first step.
For any parent, keeping our kids cyber-safe is something we are all concerned about. Our CIO Bryce Neilsen shared with the team his own recent experience and we thank him for giving us that little nudge to look out for our own kids’ safety. We valued it so much that we would like to pay it forward and give all parents a little nudge on the importance of remaining vigilant in a cyber world.
“I had an interesting conversation with our 15-year-old daughter today around cyber security. What quickly became apparent was that she had no idea just how dangerous the internet can be.
For her, the internet is merely a form of entertainment on popular apps like TikTok, Instagram, YouTube and of course the occasional research for homework. The passwords she had in place were things like Password1 and Passw0rd and her date of birth was set for all PIN’s. Frighteningly, she had also taken the initiative to change her social media security settings to public, which meant what she posted was now freely opened up to the world. I’ve let her down!”
If this is relevant to you, we encourage you to spend 5 to 10 minutes this week to educate your children around keeping them safe on the internet. Spend some time to guide them on safe practices and consistently check-in to ensure they are taking all the necessary steps to protect themselves online. You can find some really useful tips and information on the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ASCS) website plus handy guides and posters for you to share with your kids here >
Let’s face it, life is busy and keeping on top of everything is no mean feat, that’s why little ‘care’ reminders from our fellow parents is always appreciated.
5 September, 2022