It’s said that children nowadays are born with a tablet in their hands, which they very soon find out to be an endless source of entertainment. Thus, parents can continue to mind their lives in peace, while the little ones spend entire hours silently surfing the world wide web and discovering what their parents, when they were their age, probably had no idea about.
Kids get so digitally-savvy that I even heard of a 2-year old who taught himself to skip YouTube ads. He just kept his finger above the “close ad” option and after precisely 5 seconds he tapped on it until it disappeared. The kid didn’t know how to count or read and I doubt that he had a proper notion of time, yet he taught himself how to reach his desired content faster.
Therefore, whether we like it or not, our children will have access to the Internet. It’s really up to us to teach them how to use it wisely, though, because as in the offline life, there are some ground rules which need to be established offline as well, with all the dangers lurking in.
- The web doesn’t need to know who we are
When we’re online, our most prized possession is our personal identity, which can be easily found out with the help of our IP (the unique set of numbers our devices are assigned with, often repeatedly, when we connect to the Internet and which can be used to identify us).
So, in order to protect our children’s activity online and save them from being easily identified by hackers, stalkers and other digital villains, a VPN is the best solution. This online privacy tool replaces our children’s devices’ IP with a new one from a random server located all over the world, rendering us anonymous and undetectable online. Teach your children to surf the web only while CyberGhost VPN is active, which is also an efficient tool against malware.
Furthermore, it’s best to also tell children that personal information such as full name, address, email address, phone numbers, birth date don’t need to be revealed online, and an alternative online persona is probably a good idea.
- The online version of “Stranger Danger”
We’ve all been advised, regardless of our generation, not to talk to strangers.
As antisocial as this may sound, it’s the best precaution against potentially dangerous people.
That is why this simple rule should also apply online and we should our children to only use the Internet to chat to those people they know, like their friends, family or classmates.