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6 Back-to-School Tips to Help Kids Stay Safe Online

Australian kids are starting to head back to school for a new year, and more and more young people will be using smartphones and other internet-enabled devices; some as required by the school itself.

Here are 5 easy steps you can share with your children to help them stay safe online in 2018:

1. Make sure your Facebook and Instagram profiles have all available privacy features enabled, and regularly check your privacy setting and websites often update them. Only accept friend requests from people you know.

2. Avoid posting private information about yourself like addresses, school names, or even photos wearing your school uniform.

3. Be on the lookout for viruses in messages. If your friend has sent you a message that looks strange, they could have a virus that has been sent to you through their account. Don’t open it, and don’t click any links sent to you without an explanation.

4. Make sure you password protect your phone or any other device you use and lock it when you’re not using it. When creating any password, make sure it’s hard to crack – avoid using words or names and add uncommon symbols like ‘@’ or ‘%’.

5. Always log out of your social and email accounts, especially if the device you’re using isn’t yours.

6. As parents, make sure you’re keeping up to date with the latest trends in apps, websites and digital technology, and maintaining an open dialogue with your kids about what they’re doing online. You can always find advice, tips and tricks on our blog, Insights.

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