Intel Security carried out research with 1,000 UK parents and discovered that 40% were completely unaware of their children’s online activity.

The research culminated in four key tops for parents to make sure their children remain safe online:

Start Conversations Early:

If you start talking about online safety early, it will make your job that much easier when your children get older.

If your children are young, start with simple rules like: ‘Don’t open emails from people you don’t know.’ You want online safety to be part of normal behaviour.

Set A Good Example:

Set a positive example by limiting your time on social networks when at home and putting your phone away during dinner and family time.

Keep Strangers Out:

Most children have been using devices from an early age, desensitising them to the potentials risks of online behaviour.

A false sense of security can set in for children and they could be unknowingly interacting with a social predator or dangerous person posing as a teen.

This isn’t just on social media networks; it applies to common services such as Uber, Lyft and Craigslist.

Remind your child that anyone can create a profile and to decline friend requests from strangers.

Take Control Of Your Home Network:

The home network is the hub for all of your connected devices.

New solutions, such as McAfee Secure Home Platform, help you easily manage and protect devices connected to this network while providing parental controls with permissions that can be tailored to the entire household.