Regular privacy check-ups

Regular privacy check-ups

Whilst children and young people may be focussed on keeping things private from their parents, they also need to understand what information they need to protect from others and how to do this.  Encouraging regular privacy check-ups can help make these behaviours routine and develop strong privacy practices.
Some activities you may wish to undertake with your family include:

  • Changing passwords – this should be done at least twice a year.  Encouraging strong passwords (at least eight characters in length and a mixture of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols) and passphrases for all accounts and not using the same password for all accounts are important steps in managing privacy.
  • Checking privacy settings – social media apps and sites may change their privacy policies so it’s important to regularly review privacy settings to make sure they are as secure as they can be.
  • Managing digital relationships – privacy management is not just about the technical steps you can take to secure information, but also carefully considering who you allow to access that information.  The only people accepted as online friends or followers should be people you actually know and trust.  As offline relationships change, this needs to be reflected online and those people removed as online contacts.
  • Researching digital shadow – regularly research your name, email address or usernames online to find out just how private you are.  This can be a great way to see if there is information out there about you which should be private.

Natalie Woolston

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