Cybersecurity Awareness Month isn’t just about helping adults protect themselves, their data and their money against e-threats. The Internet is a dangerous place for kids who face an array of dangers, from exposure to pornography and violence to online predators and even identity theft.
Kids today spend too much time on their smart devices, engaging with strangers on social media platforms and other apps.
These are just some of the alarming facts parents and caretakers need to be aware of:
Protecting children against digital threats is a 24/7 job. To help parents tackle risks, here are some of the most potentially dangerous social media and live-streaming apps for kids who use them unsupervised:
If your child is underage but enjoys using his phone or tablet to engage with friends on different online platforms, make sure you closely monitor their activities and familiarize yourself with the apps’ features. Make sure to check if the app has access to the camera and microphone, location and photo gallery, and review the privacy settings.
Read our dedicated guide to keeping kids’ data and privacy here.
Bitdefender solutions provide parental control tools that give you peace of mind and provide help with screen time for your kids. You can easily block websites or apps entirely to help keep your little one safe.
Parental Advisor automatically chooses the best privacy features based on your child's age. These can be fine-tuned for the parent’s and child’s needs by managing screen time and blocking incoming calls with no Caller ID, among others.
The parental control feature can be found in most of our standalone security solutions or all-in-one security products.
If you need to brush up on digital safety and good cyber hygiene, check our Cybersecurity Awareness Month online safety guide.