Meet your kid’s data clone
Deep within a big-tech data science lab, a copy of your kid (who also won’t make their bed) is being frankensteined together based on their internet usage.
The never-ending storrrrrries
Does your kid get stuck down endless, algorithmic rabbit holes where time and space and homework cease to exist?
Be sure to discuss:
- Many apps are designed (by evil geniuses) to suck them in. It’s not your kid’s fault.
- Consider instituting “charging breaks” or curfews for their phone/device.
- Talk about how their social apps make them feel.
- Think about turning off some or all notifications.
An extra sloppy scoop of public wifi
Lots of schools offer free wifi to students, but they also offer sloppy joes in the cafeteria. Both can be pretty sketchy.
Why should u care?
You don’t have to be a genius-level hacker to snag private information from people connecting to open networks. The technology is cheap and readily available.
What to do:
With all the unlimited data plans out there, it’s best to just use your provider’s cellular data rather than public wifi. But if there’s no reception or data is an issue, get a trustworthy VPN and activate it before you connect to the network.
A quick word about passwords
“I’m in!” says the hacker who just crossed saying that phrase off his bucket list after he guessed your kid’s pet-name password.
Example form: Log-in
Example username: email@example.com
Example password: MrFlounder_Sweats_Clam_Chowder77
Example password: I_eats_thechowder77
Generate a secure password in Firefox or create a fun, random passphrase instead of a password. Make it alphanumeric and at least 12 characters long.
The private browsing mode paradox
On the one hand, private browsing can make it harder for advertisers to track your kid *dramatic pause* but it also erases their browsing history.
Things to talk about:
Note: Private browsing might be the elephant in the room or it could be a thing they haven’t discovered yet. Proceed with caution.
Consider talking about dangers of things like adult content in a way that’s appropriate for their age.
Something to think about:
There are plenty of parental control/internet monitoring apps available, but is installing one really the right move? There’s actually a lot to consider.