Privacy refers to the fundamental right to seclude oneself, and personal details and information, from unwanted attention and scrutiny. It involves complete control over, and the ability to be selective about, what is shared with others.
Of course, a child’s privacy is of utmost importance. This is because children are vulnerable and, at times, do not fully understand the gravity of the risks; nor do they have the foresight to recognize impending danger. This is especially true on the Internet, as people who set out to do children harm, or take advantage of their innocence, can easily conceal their purpose and hide who they are.
Children and Teens are Unaware of the Dangers, Especially on Social Media
Social media has facilitated the sharing of personal information and photographs like never before. While social media is a wonderful tool, many children, and possibly their guardians, are unaware of the dangers, let alone what is required to protect themselves from these dangers.
For example, according to Comparitech, ‘one in three [9 to 12 years-olds] are on Facebook despite the 13-year-old age limit. A quarter of those kids on Facebook never touch the privacy restrictions on their profile, and a fifth of them publicly display their address and/or phone number.’
What Can Parents Do?
According to KidsHealth.org, broadly speaking, ‘by talking to them [your children] about potential online dangers and monitoring their computer use, you’ll help them surf the Internet safely.’ This is an excellent ‘rule of thumb’. However, we have also provided some specific suggestions below:
- Use strict privacy settings on websites and in apps
- Teach your kids about the dangers to encourage them to think about the type of information they are sharing online
- Use online protection tools and parent-control options
- Get involved with your child’s online activities, monitor their usage and openly communicate with them about it
- Follow and friend your kids on social media
- Don’t use social logins on untrusted sites
- Keep the computer or laptop in a common area
- Use a screen name or fake personal information
- Establish some basic rules for Internet usage.
The MakePad Guarantees That Your Child’s Privacy is Protected
The MakePad is a DIY tablet that effortlessly teaches kids as young as six how to code. Many of the MakePad’s users, therefore, fall into the age bracket that puts them at high risk. However, here at MakePi, we champion online safety and privacy protection.
One of the MakePad’s unique features is that kids can learn how to code, create games, make music and much more, without even being online. Not only does this make the MakePad more accessible to more kids around the world, it ensures personal details’ protection about themselves online when using the MakePad. As we have already elaborated on, in this blog on digital safety, the MakePad is one hundred percent safe, user-friendly and free from inappropriate content. Furthermore, the MakePad does not require a user to enter personal details to sign into and operate it.
For more information about the MakePad or online safety, visit us at www.makepi.com. Be sure to sign up and get this wonderful educational resource into the hands of kids around the world. In the meantime, check out what we are doing here at MakePi by following us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.