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Parents' Guide to Protecting Kids' Privacy Online

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What basic privacy steps should all parents discuss with their kids?

Explain that nothing is really private online. It's crucial for kids to guard their own online privacy by not posting and sharing things they don't want to become public.

Here are 9 more tips:
  • Ask permission before you go online.
  • Never share passwords.
  • Keep personal details -- name, address, phone number, how much money your parents make -- to yourself.
  • Think before you post -- is this really something you want to share?
  • If you want to sign up for a website, ask permission (and, parents, make sure you read the site's privacy policy).
  • Only communicate with people you know -- never chat with or send photos to strangers.
  • Know how to recognize ads -- and don't click on them.
  • Thoroughly examine each site's privacy settings, and use strict ones to start.
  • For teens who are part of an online community, online interactions will go beyond basic. They should know what's OK to share and what isn't. It's OK to respectfully share opinions, constructive feedback, appropriate comments, and creativity. It's not OK to share intimate photos, hate speech, or destructive comments.
— 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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