☑ Create unique passwords for each device. Make them more than four characters long, with a mix of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and special characters.
☑ Use multi-factor authentication where possible for added security. This means you need to input more than a login ID and password to verify your identity – such as a PIN sent via text, or your fingerprint.
People often think that device security is just about laptops and tablets, but don’t forget mobile phones – the device most used on a daily basis.
☑ You can download the free McAfee Mobile Security app for Android or iOS phones and tablets from Google Play or the App Store.
☑ Most new Windows® PCs come pre-installed with McAfee software – just opt-in during set-up to activate it, or click the McAfee shield logo.
☑ If the device is not new, you can buy McAfee® Total Protection online by using one of the links on this page – it protects Mac®, Android™ and iOS® devices as well as Windows PCs. Choose the product that best suits how many devices you need to secure.
☑ Keep your security subscription current to ensure you and your devices are protected.
☑ Make sure each child knows how to back up their data either to a secure external drive or the cloud.
☑ Set up a regular backup schedule with each child.
Each school is different, so it’s important to check what your responsibilities are as a parent when sending your child to school with smart devices. Important things to be aware of are:
☑ What security or operating software does the school offer? Do you need to purchase additional resources?
☑ Does the school insure the device or do you need separate insurance for accidents or theft?
☑ Who is responsible for maintenance – does the school offer tech support?
☑ Check what the school’s rules are for mobile phone usage. Make sure your kids understand and respect any such rules during school time.
A contract with your children is an effective way of setting some ground rules for device use for both personal and school activity.
☑ Set up a digital contract for each child covering everything from screen time per day to some common sense rules about using social media.
☑ Take into consideration each child’s age and social and emotional maturity when agreeing what they can do, where they can go, and how much time they can spend online.
☑ Familiarize yourself with all the social media apps your kids are using – it’s so important to know how the apps work and how to manage privacy..
☑ Make sure your kids know they can discuss openly with you issues like cybercrime, predators, or any content that they feel uncomfortable about. 1 in 5 Australian parents don’t discuss such issues with their kids because they think kids already know how to protect themselves. It’s up to you to make sure they do.
☑ Have open conversations with your children about how they’re communicating and the impact the wrong sort of content can have on their digital reputation.