Is Your Family Smart About Online Safety?
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Do you or any members of your family have your address displayed on social media?
Our family has our address displayed on our secured social pages but it’s set so only friends can see it.
We have addresses and telephone numbers all readily available in case people need to contact us.
We display the bare minimum of personal information on social media. No addresses, phone numbers, or full names.
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Are there parental controls installed on your family’s computer?
Yup, we block or require a password for all malicious sites or pages with adult content.
I tell my kids to stay off of certain sites but don’t block anything.
I haven’t gotten around to getting a content blocker for the computer.
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Do you monitor what other people in your household post on social media?
I try to, but sometimes I’ll miss a few days or a week.
I trust that no one is posting anything potentially harmful to their profiles.
I monitor everything, including pictures that display sensitive information and check-ins that could alert people to my child’s whereabouts.
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Are you using strong, secure passwords for your online accounts?
Does “password123” count as strong?
The important accounts all have unique passwords, but the other accounts use a shared password.
All of our accounts use unique passwords that combine uppercase and lowercase letters, along with special characters and numbers.
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Do your neighbors know your WiFi passwords?
We never give out our WiFi password.
A few neighbors do, but we trust them.
My WiFi router didn’t come with a password.
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Do any children in the house have access to credit card information for online shopping?
Yes, they have the numbers in case they have to buy anything.
No, but the numbers are all saved on our shopping accounts.
No, they have to come to an adult who will then put the numbers in if the purchase is approved.
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When do you share your photos of family vacations with your social networks?
We constantly upload photos and videos while we’re on vacation so friends can see what fun we’re having.
Any time we find a public WiFi connection, we put up a quick post.
We wait until we’re home from the trip so we don’t let the whole world know our house is empty.
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Have you spoken to your kids about the dangers of online behavior like bullying and talking to strangers?
A little, but I don’t want to be overbearing.
I think they’re taking care of that in school.
We’ve talked about everything from cyberbullying to texting.
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Do your family’s online shopping accounts all link up to one email address?
Yes, there is one email address for all the family’s purchases, and it’s monitored by an adult.
No, everyone in the house has their own online shopping account that’s linked to their individual email addresses.
7-9 Correct: With a little careful planning and vigilance, you’ve taken great steps towards ensuring your family’s online safety. Remember, these steps aren’t permanent. You have to always monitor what your family is doing online, so keep on your routine. Monitor your family’s social media. Be careful who has access to your accounts, especially when credit cards are involved. And always make sure your passwords are unique, secure, and require two-step authentication whenever possible.
4-6 Correct: You’re on the right track, but there are still a few holes in your family’s online safety plan. Double-check all your family’s online activity, from social media to online shopping, looking for red flags. Are the passwords unique and secure? Is there any sensitive information on social media? Remember, even something as simple as an address or telephone number can make your family vulnerable to a crime.
0-3 Correct: There’s some room for your family to work on its online security. First thing is to make sure your passwords are always strong and secure. From there, check those social media accounts for anything that could compromise your identity or safety. Also, with online shopping only requiring a click of a button, make sure only adults have access to credit card information to avoid unwanted purchases or possible scams.