Guest Post: Top Children’s Game Leaves Kids Vulnerable To Phishing Attacks

By: Hank Schless, Senior Manager of Security Solutions at Lookout

During the holiday’s smartphones and tablets are a top present for children. While the devices are a welcome addition to a child’s life, a lack of supervision can make them vulnerable to risks. 

One new game growing increasingly popular is Roblox whose main audience is children between the ages of nine and 12. While the game is designed to enable users to create and play games together, it’s popularity has also attracted scammers looking to trick players out of their money or the content they created, via phishing attacks. 

Over three in five children have access to the internet, and they spend over 45 hours per week online on games like Roblox, making it difficult for parents to monitor them.  Since it is difficult to constantly observe kids while they play online, it is important to educate them on how to stay safe. Lookout, the leader in delivering integrated Security, Privacy, and Identity Theft Protection solutions, has shared tips on how to keep your children safe.

Tips For Online Child Safety: 

Educate your children about online privacy and safety best practices 

  • Talk to your children about the risks of revealing personal information, such as address, phone number, school name, location and photos online and encourage them to never share passwords to any of their accounts.
  • Let your children know to notify you with reports of any concerning content or interactions online. Most platforms have ways to block or report inappropriate content or behavior.

Consider implementing parental controls

  • You can set Parental Controls to help manage what sites and information your children have access to on the Internet. Many operating systems have child-safety tools built into major operating systems such as Apple and Google
  • You can also set up permissions and controls via your internet provider, to help you control the type of content that is delivered via your home WiFi network. 

Protect your children’s online experience & device with security protection 

  • Across social media, text messages, emails, and apps – phishing scams are on the rise. On average, 50% of people will encounter an unsafe link on their device in a three month period. 
  • It’s important to educate your children about online scams & run security protection – like Lookout Security – that will scan every link your child clicks online to ensure it is safe, and block risky websites or scams before they can do harm. 

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