Protecting the privacy of personal information is increasingly important at a time when we are sharing more details about ourselves online than ever before.
While interacting online can be great for kids, it also makes them more vulnerable.
To help reduce the risk of cyberbullying, unwanted attention or breaches of their privacy, you can:
- encourage them to keep their usernames and passwords safe and not share them with anyone
- take them through the privacy settings of sites they join to ensure they are careful about what information they share and with whom
- educate them about the risks involved in sharing personal information online
- discuss the long-term effects of their online behaviour, such as how potential employers may view their online profile
- remind them to think before they post photos or other information online, because once it's out there, it's hard to control what happens to it.
A new privacy guide has been launched by the Information and Privacy Commission of NSW, which features tips and resources to help protect privacy online.