The Internet is an amazing tool that can be used for communication, entertainment, gaming, research, and so many other purposes. However, trying to keep children safe and secure while using the Internet is something that becomes even more difficult with mobile technologies and additional connectivity.

I recently overheard a conversation between two mothers in Starbucks regarding allowing their young children access to Apple iPhone smartphones. It seemed that one kid was going to hate her mother for being overbearing and untrustworthy, while the other child would end up being able to get away with bloody murder.

From a cybersecurity perspective, talking with children and becoming more proactive can be the best first step to ensuring they are safer on the Internet. It’s possible to check their cyber environment without being overly intrusive and strictly monitoring what they are doing, with experts also recommending setting house rules and teaching them proper privacy guidelines.

“It is our responsibility as adults, parents, and grandparents to safeguard our children,” said Raj Goel, cyber civil rights advocate, in a press statement. “Ensuring their online safety is just one way we can do that, so think carefully about what details you post this holiday season and beyond.”

Goel provided three simple techniques to help keep children safer online: Turn off GPS tracking on smartphones, monitor app downloads, and maintain admin control over children smartphones and mobile devices.

Norton also recommends advising children not to share passwords, never forget to log out of computers, don’t haphazardly click links, and creating a good password.

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