If your child is learning from home for the first time, you’re probably experiencing a new set of challenges and learnings. With more time online, one new consideration is how to help kids stay safe online. The internet can be a great tool to help kids stay connected to their classmates and teachers while learning from home, but there are dangers present with more time on the internet. Be sure online learning continues to run smoothly with these five tips for improving internet safety for kids.

5 Ways to Help Kids Stay Safe Online

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Talking openly and honestly with your child about proper internet use is the first step to keeping them safe online, as well as preventing child identity theft. Set some basic ground rules with them, such as:

  1. Never give out personal information — like your home address, phone number, full name, etc. — without parental permission.
  2. Don’t share photos with strangers.
  3. Always keep passwords and login information private.
  4. Don’t download anything — attachments, apps, software, etc. — without parental permission.
  5. Always tell an adult if something seems strange.
  6. Only video conference with permission.

Consider Parental Control Software or Settings

You can’t monitor your child’s online use 24/7. Parental controls can help you filter websites and block apps and games.

Keep the Computer in an Open Area

If possible, designate an area in the house where adults will be present for learning online. That way you can help facilitate online learning when needed and keep an eye on your child’s internet use. If the computer is set up in a home office, keep the door open.

Enroll in an Online Safety Education Program

Depending on your child’s age, an online safety education program may be a good resource to help them learn and understand potential online risks and help them make safe decisions online.

Keep Security Software Up to Date

Ensuring your security software is up-to-date and running properly is one line of defense to help reduce the risk of computer viruses and online hackers. Be sure to run updates and install antivirus or antimalware software on your computer before your child starts online learning.

Instilling good internet safety habits with your children at a young age can help them stay safe online. Your Farm Bureau agent is also a good resource for helping to protect your identity. The Identity Services and Fraud Expense Coverage can help minimize risk, monitor exposure and manage restoration if you fall victim to identity theft. Talk with an agent today!