Stay Safe Online
The internet is an integral part of daily life. With so many of us using online resources, it is important to use best practices in order to keep ourselves, loved ones and personal information safe.
In order to keep your home network protected, please follow these tips;
- Keep your browser updated
- Make sure all of your WIFI networks are password protected
- Consider installing trusted protection software, and keep it updated
Social Media platforms are an easy and fun way of sharing photos, videos and learning staying up to date on current events. However, social media is often associated with deceitful activity. Children and youth are especially vulnerable to the risks of social media such as cyberbullying, online luring, self/peer exploitation and non-consensual distribution of intimate images.
To help the people in your life stay safe online, please consider following some of these tips;
- Parents and guardians, be aware of your children’s online activity and interests and have open dialogue with them about the risks of social media and the internet
- Only allow approved friends to see your posts by changing your settings
- Don’t post your full name, address, phone number of any other personal or financial information
- Remember, anything you post online could be seen and saved by others – don’t post if you don’t want others to see it
- Everything you post online can be captured and altered by other people
- Never share passwords with others, and never let someone takeover your accounts
To learn more tips or access resources to help keep your children, family, home and yourself safe from online risks, our partners, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, have a wide range of material for you to learn from.