I’m writing this post on Internet Security for Kids as part of an ambassador program with F-Secure Freedome.
Sebby has Autism. For him, technology is his world. It’s opened up doors to communication and interaction that haven’t been there before. We got him his own iPad shortly after Quincy was born in 2010 and he’s become a real Internet whiz. We’ve tried to take precautions with locking things down, and Internet security for kids is a little different than it is for adults.
Sebby spends a ton of time browsing the App Store on his iPad. We used to have it locked out on the Restrictions, but he was hacking into it anyway (not bad for 7, right) and short of constantly monitoring him, we found it was easier to teach him his own account ID and passsword and have him send requests to us. Even with parental restrictions and age restrictions, there are still a ton of ads that he is exposed to. I can’t always control their content either.
Then there’s the Internet. We have a hidden network at home, and a hot spot for when we are out and about, but sometimes Sebby picks up the free Wi-Fi when we’re at Target or Starbucks or where ever. And then I worry about security. Never mind the number of connections he can pull up when we’re sitting at a traffic light.
I began researching ways to help keep Sebby’s iPad secure, since even constantly supervising his activity doesn’t prevent some of the security problems we’ve encountered. That’s when I discovered F-Secure Freedome.
F-Secure Freedome is a new kind of simple but powerful online privacy and security app. Installing the app on Sebby’s iPad helps keep it secure on those public wi-fi networks he loves to find, but it also helps keep those pesky ads I’m always trying to keep him from clicking on from spreading malware. That alone is going to make me breath easier. Not only do I not have to worry about him clicking on something he shouldn’t be, I don’t have to worry about him wanting games and apps he shouldn’t have either. Which means Freedome is a dream come true.
The other thing I’m excited about Freedome is it works on multiple platforms. It’s not just for mobile devices, it works on your PC and MAC.
Windows 7 or later
OS X 10.9 or later
Android 4.0.3 or later
iOS 7 or later
Kindle Fire OS
Practice Internet Security For Kids
1.) Secure your home network with password. Consider only allowing specific devices on your network so you control who can log in.
2.) Limit device usage time and lock down parental controls as much as possible.
3.) Have rules. Talk to them about not giving out personal identifiable information and what sorts of sites and applications they are not allowed to access.
4.) Download F-Secure Freedome for Free for a 3 month trial. Use the access code cttpc3 for your trial.
5.) Occasionally go in and make sure they are following your house rules and using the Internet safely.