Easy-to-Implement Online Safety Tips

Online Safety
By
Cyber Dive
Jun 23, 2021
2 min read

If you’re looking to take additional precautions in protecting you or your child’s online privacy, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve compiled some tips from our Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Derek Jackson to help you make smarter decisions when it comes to sharing personal information online.

Personal Usernames

Whether your child is already active on social media or just getting started, it's important to talk with them about the username they plan to associate with their online content. Usernames are public regardless of their account privacy settings. Oftentimes, usernames include some type of personal information. This may be their first name, last name, birthday or birth year. From a cybersecurity perspective, hackers often use this personal information to guess security questions when trying to reset an account's password or attempting to log in. While on most platforms usernames can be changed as often as you would like, it's probably a good idea to give some thought to how much personal information your child wants out there.

Detailed Bios

Similar to usernames, the information your child includes in their public bio should be limited and given some thought. It’s a good idea to not include things like their age, hometown or school as this could make them a target to online predators. It is also responsible to omit including links to other social media accounts to limit the amount of public information associated with your child’s online presence.

Secure Passwords

Getting creative with passwords can feel like an unnecessary chore. We’re all guilty of using the same couple of passwords for multiple accounts but I can promise you that it is significantly easier for a hacker to take control of multiple accounts when they only need to guess a single password. This also goes for consistently resetting your passwords to keep them secure. Some resources for checking the security of your current passwords or if you are at risk of being hacked are howsecureismypassword.net and haveibeenpwned.com.

Location Sharing

Some social platforms allow users to tag their location when posting or share their current location with their friends. Even if your child is intentional and careful about who they accept as followers and friends, it's smart to avoid sharing this type of information. This includes mentioning specifics about their location in the caption or comments, as well. Private content can easily be accessed by the public and there are predators out there who will collect this type of information to try and reach out to children and start grooming them for something even more nefarious.

By implementing these tips you can ensure that your child’s online presence is protected and proactive in maintaining a positive online reputation!

Elizabeth Smart, Elizabeth Smart Foundation
"It's encouraging to know that, as parents, you do not have to be left in the dark, you can be involved. That's quite a powerful tool."
Elizabeth Smart
Elizabeth Smart Foundation
Georgann Yaya, AZCentral
"Helping parents prepare for the gamut of situations to which social media opens the door has made [Cyber Dive] venture more valuable than the bottom line."
Georgann Yara
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Billy Harfosh, iHeartRadio
"If we're concerned about stranger danger... what about a stranger getting into your child's direct messages? It can be just as dangerous, if not more so."
Billy Harfosh
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Desiree Briggs, Mama Army
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Desiree Briggs
Co-Founder of The Mama Army
Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb
"As a Lawman and a parent I love seeing solutions for protecting children from the child predators. This Aqua One phone helps parents and even addresses the mental health of the child. Well done Cyber Dive."
Sheriff Mark Lamb
Sheriff of Pinal County Arizona
Dawn Van Camp, Mama Army
"In a society that relies so much on virtual connection, it is necessary that we teach our children how to navigate and use technology responsibly."
Dawn Van Camp
Co-Founder of The Mama Army
Phoenix Dream Center CEO Brian Steele
“One of the neatest parts about the tool is that it gives insight into not only the safety of what my child is doing out there but what my child is thinking.”
Brian Steele
CEO of Phoenix Dream Center
Larissa Marulli, Moms.com
“Being informed of your child's social media habits isn't just beneficial from a safety standpoint. You'll get an inside look at what your kid is into and enjoying.”
Larissa Marulli
moms.com
Elizabeth Smart, Elizabeth Smart Foundation
"It's encouraging to know that, as parents, you do not have to be left in the dark, you can be involved. That's quite a powerful tool."
Elizabeth Smart
Elizabeth Smart Foundation
Georgann Yaya, AZCentral
"Helping parents prepare for the gamut of situations to which social media opens the door has made [Cyber Dive] venture more valuable than the bottom line."
Georgann Yara
azcentral
Billy Harfosh, iHeartRadio
"If we're concerned about stranger danger... what about a stranger getting into your child's direct messages? It can be just as dangerous, if not more so."
Billy Harfosh
iHeartRadio
Dawn Van Camp, Mama Army
"In a society that relies so much on virtual connection, it is necessary that we teach our children how to navigate and use technology responsibly."
Dawn Van Camp
Co-Founder of The Mama Army
Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb
"As a Lawman and a parent I love seeing solutions for protecting children from the child predators. This Aqua One phone helps parents and even addresses the mental health of the child. Well done Cyber Dive."
Sheriff Mark Lamb
Sheriff of Pinal County Arizona
Desiree Briggs, Mama Army
"[Aqua One] was just launched and is going to change the way that our children grow up in a technology-driven world."
Desire Briggs
Co-Founder of The Mama Army
Phoenix Dream Center CEO Brian Steele
“One of the neatest parts about the tool is that it gives insight into not only the safety of what my child is doing out there but what my child is thinking.”
Brian Steele
CEO of Phoenix Dream Center
Larissa Marulli, Moms.com
“Being informed of your child's social media habits isn't just beneficial from a safety standpoint. You'll get an inside look at what your kid is into and enjoying.”
Larissa Marulli
moms.com

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