How To Keep Kids Safe in “The Cloud”



What is “The Cloud”?


In simple terms, the cloud is all of the things you can access remotely over the Internet. When something is in the cloud, it means it's stored on Internet servers instead of your own computer's hard drive. “Cloud computing” is the delivery of different services through the Internet.


Because cloud computing is so ubiquitous and here to stay (many applications are hosted in the cloud today), you can’t stop your child from using it. However, you can teach them how to use it safely.


Shared Access


Cloud computing offers shared access. There are multiple cloud applications out there, which is why shared access is so common. While shared access can offer many benefits, there are certain media we should all avoid uploading to the Internet, such as all confidential and personal information (like email addresses or phone numbers).


TMI (Too Much Information)


Many kids are in the habit of putting a little too much extra information on the cloud, and that is one thing most parents fear. Profile pictures on social media platforms are always public, even when the account is private. A hacker can get a lot of information from a face and a full name. Children should be taught to post appropriate profile pictures and bios and not to store any confidential information on the cloud.



Incomplete Data Deletion


In cloud computing, a user has reduced access into where their data is being stored. This means you can’t be sure whether data you delete is, in fact, deleted or not. It might be possible that data you mark as “deleted” isn’t deleted at all and could fall in the hands of a stranger. Since data is basically widespread over a number of different devices, the process of the deletion varies from provider to provider. You can consult an IT professional to delete data permanently, but our favorite approach is prevention. Even if you do work with an IT