Here are some key ways to keep your kids safe while being homeschooled online.

As a global pandemic continues to keep social distancing orders in place across the globe, many of us have an all-new office view and school year to begin. It may be taking over your dining room table, or maybe you’ve set-up workstations for the kids, but chances are you’re living a whole new life online. There are some perks to working from home, of course, but that doesn’t mean leaving online safety at the wayside. Hackers are still lurking online, and they know new, vulnerable users are connecting more than ever before. Here are some key ways to keep your kids safe while being homeschooled online in a new online learning environment.

Secure All Your Connections

The first thing you want to do to create a safe online learning environment is to secure all access points to connect to the world wide web. That means your computer itself, your wireless router, and your modem should be up to date with security patches and running the latest threat protection software to mitigate the risks. Talk with your internet service provider to ensure all of these steps to protect you.

Maintain Strong Passwords

One of the best ways to keep unwanted users from accessing your accounts and breaching other data is to create strong passwords that are not easy to guess. You should never make your password something like your birthday or child’s name, and experts have already warned that number combinations like 123 are far too easy to guess. If you have a hard time remembering all of the different variations from sites, look into using a trusted password protection program that can store and help you maintain safety.

Understand the Risks of Clicking on Links

A foolproof way of getting your system compromised is by clicking a link you don’t recognize. Hackers know that if they can trick you into thinking a link will lead to a piece of content you want to see – like a video, or if the message is coming from a trusted source or business you deal with, you’re most likely to click it. What happens after that can be detrimental to your identity and financial health. Teach children as well about understanding what links they should not click on and how to tell the target source of a link before moving forward.

We’re all venturing into new territories online now as we move to an even more digital landscape. It’s essential to start teaching children about online safety when online learning. 

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