Stay at Home, Stay Safe and Keep Secure Online

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

     How are you dearies? We are in the fifth week of Enhanced Community Quarantine and everyone is strictly advised to stay at home and stay safe. As people are required to stay home due to coronavirus, more are turning to the internet for various reasons. These include working and studying, connecting with loved ones, shopping for necessities, and keeping up with the news.

     I presume that everyone is online most of the time and it's keeping us sane these days that's why even at home, safety must be your number one priority. Here are some tips to stay safe, secure, and responsible even on the world wide web. 

Stay at Home, Stay Safe and Keep Secure Online


1. Think Before You Click

     I've seen and heard this many times and it's one of the most doable things people can do online but they don't. Always refer to reputable information sources (like established major global and national news sites) to keep up to date with verified news. Information shared via random websites and social media accounts, or word of mouth, maybe misleading or exaggerated, leading to increased anxiety for some. 

     Cybercriminals are also taking advantage of COVID-19 fears to scam people online. Do not access suspicious websites or links—fraudsters can try to take advantage of your emotions to trick you into giving away personal information and log-in details, or unwittingly install malware on your devices. If you do online banking, be vigilant and verify sources first before clicking those phishing emails

2. Keep Information Private

     Check your Google Account for info, privacy, and security settings. Tinker the easy-to-use tools like Dashboard and My Activity, which give you transparency over data collected from your activity across Google services.

     Take the Security Checkup- a step-by-step tool that will give you personalised and actionable security recommendations to help you strengthen the security of your Google Account.

3. Family Rules on What to Share Online

     Set clear expectations for your family about what not to share online like photos or private info. For example, encourage your child to think before sharing photos not just of themselves but of others too. Always remind them to ask permission.


4. Let Family Link Help Establish Boundaries

     Family Link helps parents manage their child's Google Account and Android device so they can set digital ground rules that work for their family. Keep an eye on screen time, limit daily access, remotely lock your child’s device.

5. Kids are Safe with YouTube Kids

     To put limits on how long your kids can spend watching videos and allow them to watch only collections of channels selected by trusted third parties or the YouTube Kids team.

     Manage your child’s access to websites when they are using the Chrome browser on their Android or ChromeOS devices. This lets you choose or limit your child to websites you are comfortable with or block specific sites that you don’t want them to visit.

6. Hooray for Safety Programs

     Global online programs, like Be Internet Awesome, teach kids the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety so they can explore the internet with confidence. Find more tips to help keep your family safe, information privacy and data secure using Google products and services at g.co/safetycentre.

6 comments

  1. Thanks for sharing this. 😊❤️

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  2. We allow Abby also to use Youtube Kids. She learned a lot from this site.

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    1. Hi Jho,

      Thanks for this. Glad to know Abby is fond of Youtube Kids.

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  3. thanks for the tips mommy..I totally agree 👍 esp.the think before you click..hindi lahat ng nakikita natinnsa socmed ay totoo we better check the source before sharing it thats the best thing we can do right now NOT SHARING fake news that will cause panic to everyone

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    1. Hi twinmama Sarah,

      Hello :) Thanks also for visiting my blog and I agree with your thoughts too.

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