Four Tips for Keeping Online Gaming a Kid-Friendly Activity
We all know where our kids are spending their time these days: online – playing their favorite games or chatting with friends on any given social platform. And while adults are becoming more savvy in detecting and eluding cyber criminals, our kids are a lot more susceptible.
In a recent interview with NBC 5 (KHAS-TV), two DKB team members, Randy Haba, vCIO, and Brian Montfort, software architect, shared their expert advice for how to keep your kids safe in a digital world.
Understand the threat
As a parent, you don’t need to be told that there are a multitude of threats online and that they’re growing daily. What you do need to know is what to look for, where to be particularly cautious, and which security measures can assist you in keeping threats as far away from your family as possible. Take the time to research the games your kids play and know exactly what sites they have accessed. There’s a wealth of information and tools out there to help you child-proof your kid’s digital activities, just as you would child-proof your house.
Partner with your kids
Effective parental control isn’t about invading your kids’ privacy or becoming a helicopter parent, but rather ensuring that the right cybersecurity protection is in place and that your children are aware of the potential threats. Have conversations with your kids and explain why it’s important for you to know what games they’re playing, who they’re playing with, and what they’re watching. Offer to play with them or simply watch what they’re doing periodically. Just as we warn our kids of “stranger danger” in the physical world, we must make them aware of threats in the digital world.
Set safety boundaries
When you drive a car, there are specific expectations and ground rules to follow or else traffic jams and accidents occur. No one can drive however they want. It’s the same with online activity. Parents need to set firm and fair guidelines on what sites and games are allowed, who they can play with, and whatever other rules you feel are necessary for your family. And just like with traffic tickets, there should be consequences for breaking the rules.
Know who’s got access
It only takes a few false steps and someone’s got access to your computer and more. Take the strictest measures to make sure your passwords and devices are as secure as possible. Hackers are getting craftier and more conniving. Stay ahead of their methods and only allow people you and your children know and trust into your cyber world.
Today some of the greatest dangers for kids exist online. Take the time to know what’s going on with your family’s devices, communicate with your kids, and set clear guidelines so you can keep your kids safe and cyber threats away.