10. Cell Phones
Cell phones are great method for people to keep in touch and especially in case of emergencies, so more and more parents buy cell phones for their kids. In fact, about 69% of 11 to 14-year-olds have their own cell phones. However, it is important for all cell phone users to know that a cell phone’s GPS can provide the user’s exact physical location to others. Moreover, always be careful about posting personal cell phone numbers online.
11. Identity Theft
Children are easier to be the victims of identity theft more than we think. In fact, children under the age of 18 are 51 times more likely to have their identities stolen compared to adults. Criminals usually target children since they have clean credit records and frequently post personal information publically. Criminals can even use an unsuspecting child’s identity for years unnoticed.
12. Cyber Attacks
Internet safety is as important for children and teens as it is for adults. A recent survey shows that among 10 adults who use social media, one claim to have been a victim of a cyber attack. Therefore, it is important to install security and antivirus software on all computers, particularly those holding personal information.
13. Surfing the Web
It is necessary to be aware and diligent when surfing the web. Web usage and history is being tracked. Visiting insecure or inappropriate websites can harm your computer or compromise your personal and financial information. It needs to be mentioned again that security and ant-virus software are a must for any computer.
14. Online Shopping
Online shopping is now more compelling than ever before due to its convenience and affordability. According to Business Insider, 78% of the U.S. population age 15 and above made an online purchase per year. It is no need to say that cyber criminals have learned to exploit this convenience. Therefore, one should never use a public computer, always use a secure connection, and ensure websites are legitimate and secure before ordering anything online. Following these advice will give shoppers a safer shopping experience.