Kids are using videoconferencing and chat functionality in record numbers for sports, club gatherings, and social hangouts—but they are not thinking of the privacy risks associated with those technologies. Learn how to talk to your children about privacy and technology, and discover key steps you can take to ensure their safety.
- As a parent, I often feel really overwhelmed … trying to manage my children's new learning environment … in addition to all the technical and societal challenges … that this pandemic has brought. … One of the issues that has been top-of-mind for me … has been how to educate my kids … very quickly about online privacy risks, … now that both their school day and their social interactions … are happening online. … Given the new rules around social distancing … and learning from home during COVID, … kids are using video conferencing … and chat functionality in record numbers, … for their sports, club gatherings, social hangouts. … And they're not thinking of the privacy risks … associated with those technologies. … So here are some tips from me as a parent to you. … First step: monitor your kids' devices. … In my home, this translates to … "there is no privacy until you turn 18". … And one way we enforce that rule … is by requiring our children to use devices … in public spaces in our home, …
- Describe the risks of impaired privacy.
- Explain how technology can be used to track location and proximity.
- Describe precautions you should use when working from home.
- Explain precautions you should take before allowing your child to use devices with internet connectivity.