Top Internet Safety Tips #7: Know the Passwords

Feb 24, 2016

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Creating weak passwords and sharing passwords leads to a majority of the issues on the Internet. Below are the top 3 tips associated with passwords that can keep you safe online. By following these guidelines, you can avoid a handful of troubles such as identity theft, cyberbullying, and more.

1. Know your child’s password

Although teens aren’t going to be too excited about this one, it is important. Kids can get into trouble with strangers, friends, and bullies, and they aren’t always going to tell a parent about it. By knowing their passwords to social media profiles, you can check up on them. Explain that it isn’t a violation but a safety precaution. Plus, teens are more likely to stay in line –online- when they know their parents are watching.

2. Create a different password for every account

Remembering one password as opposed to 50 may seem easier, but in the long run it could lead to harmful consequences. Teach your child to use a different password for every account (and do so yourself). If the password and username used for one account gets into the wrong hands, they can use that information for every other account that you have. Additionally, make sure each password you have is STRONG. Don’t make them too easy to guess. Use a variety of symbols, uppercase letters, and lowercase letters.

3. Do NOT share passwords

Many of the cyberbullying cases start out with friends sharing passwords. All too often, a friend (or worse, an ex-friend) will log onto another’s account and pretend to be them. They could say explicit things, posing as your child, getting them in trouble. Not only that, but they could post embarrassing photos or content, and damage your child’s self-image. Cover your bases and keep you and your child safe online. Know your child’s passwords, have a variety of passwords, and keep your passwords secret. Follow those simple steps for added online safety.