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Parents' Guide to Protecting Kids' Privacy Online

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First Things First: Help Your Kids Protect Their Privacy

There's a lot of talk about privacy. But what is it, really? There are two key components of privacy that affect you and your kids: consumer privacy and personal privacy. Consumer privacy relates to the data that companies can collect about you. Personal privacy refers to your online reputation. In today's world, where sharing is becoming the norm, it's crucial for kids to understand the importance of sharing appropriately. Everything kids say or do online can affect their reputation.

Digital life is very public and often permanent. If kids don't protect their personal information, what they do online will create a digital footprint that wanders and persists. Something that happens on the spur of the moment -- a funny picture, a certain post -- can resurface years later. And if kids aren't careful, their reputation can get away from them, and third parties -- like marketers or potential employers -- can access what kids thought was private information. Privacy settings help – but they aren't failsafe. Plus, companies sometimes change their privacy policies, which may mean you need to update your settings.

Kids can interact safely online if they understand the importance of protecting their own privacy. Here's how to help. — Common Sense Media

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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