NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Experts said parents need to know what kids are doing on their phones and need to make sure the apps on their phones have proper cybersecurity procedures in place.
"Just like personal hygiene, you should be able to be treating every technological device with cybersecurity hygiene. What are the basic things that you're going to do every day to ensure your security?" cybersecurity expert Ricoh Danielson said.
Cybersecurity hygiene includes having different passwords for different apps and utilizing multi-factor authentication. Multi-factor authentication is the one-time code sent to your phone or specialty phrase that confirms your identity. It also prevents hackers from using your account to scam others.
"As a parent, I know it's gonna be a pain in the butt," Danielson said. "I know because I hear from different consumers, and they're like, "do I have to enter another passcode?" Absolutely you do because I need to know who you are."
Danielson said it's also essential to have a plan in place for locking down your phone and apps should a device get lost.
"Your child is going to lose a device, and that's just the way it goes… why don't you have a response plan for a cybersecurity plan?" Danielson said.
Danielson said it's essential for parents to begin educating kids as soon as they get a phone. It includes talking about things such as phishing emails and other online scams.