With new apps, games and websites popping up every week, it’s hard to stay on top of the newest trends—and to know which of those trends are or aren’t a good fit for your family. Each platform has its own pros and cons, and fits into families’ lives differently. Google’s Be Internet Awesome helps parents and kids navigate the digital world and create healthy online habits, teaching useful lessons that can apply to any platform!
Keep reading for tips from Google’s Be Internet Awesome on the questions you should ask your kids to help them explore online safely.
"What will you be sharing?"
Whether you’re a family that does dance challenges together or you stick to liking and viewing, everyone has their own comfort level on privacy and what information is shared online. Talk to your kids about what your family is okay with sharing, and ensure they know there's some information you should never share publicly—like addresses, email accounts and phone numbers.
"Do you know how to set a strong password?"
If your child is signing up for a new platform, you'll want to make sure they know how to make a strong password to protect their accounts. That means at least 8 characters and use combinations of letters (uppercase and lowercase), numbers, and symbols, and avoiding anything that could be easily guessed—like a pet’s name!
"Do you know what the green padlock next to a website name means?"
Help your kids identify secure websites early on by teaching them to look for the green padlock next to a website’s name and to always check a website’s URL before putting in a password. To help your family learn more keeping devices secure, Google’s Be Internet Awesome has tools that teach kids about spam and security through games and fun activities!
"What would you do if you saw content that made you uncomfortable?"
We all want a safe space for kids to explore online, which is why it’s important to have conversations about inappropriate content with your family. Let your kids know that they can talk to you or another trusted adult about anything that happens online!
"How will you encourage kindness?"
Kids are learning so many life skills online right now, and kindness is one of them! Look for platforms that create positive content that reflects your family's values and encourage kind interactions. And, of course, talk to your kids about treating others how they want to be treated, both online and in real life.