Do you know what kids view online?

Many Indian kids have been given a free hand on the internet. 6 in 10 parents don’t monitor what their children view online, classifieds site OLX found in a survey of 26,000 users. A Comparitech study shows Indian kids are the most cyberbullied in the world. About 8 in 10 parents helped create social media profiles for children, Assocham said in a 2014 survey. People tend to neglect online safety: 31% of the OLX survey respondents don’t remember when their profile passwords were last changed.

It is important to change the password regularly to avoid any potential hacking and to protect your personal information. It is shocking to know that about “65% of the people use the same password across multiple sites and 51% had a favorite password that they stuck with for most things”, but I only hope that they have a strong password which makes it difficult to hackers to crack it. To add on Google’s recommendations for a password protection besides the security checkup, enable auto-updates, password policy, backup, and two-factor authentication, they can also avoid using personal information or real words when they create a password, change the password on a regular basis, and use different passwords on different accounts for security purposes, and finally to create a safer environment, they can use a firewall with the 2FA.

As parents, we want to give our kids the freedom to explore, grow, make mistakes, and develop resilience. But we also want to keep our kids safe. Today’s children are digital natives and the Internet is their second home, teeing up new concerns and new ways to track or monitor their behavior. From parental controls to routine spot checks of devices and accounts, mom and dad can read texts, posts, Snaps, email, and more. Some argue this is spying, while others maintain this is parenting in the information age. How much privacy should parents give their kids as they navigate the online world and when is it appropriate to monitor their communications and track their digital footprints?

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