Staying Safe Online: Youth and Digital Security

Organization/Affiliation(s): 
Child & Youth Finance International (CYFI)
Publication Date: 
2017

Today, a large part of your life occurs online. When you share photos on Instagram or via SnapChat, transfer money to your friends through mobile apps or shop online for a new pair of sneakers or jeans; it all happens digitally. With the world rapidly moving towards digitalization, new exciting opportunities are continually being created and become available to us all. Nevertheless, it is important that you know more about these new opportunities and are aware of the challenges they may bring. These new challenges can be anything from how best to handle money online or to how tocreate a safe (unique) password.

This booklet was created to help you navigate the digital world of money in a safe way. Below 3 important basic rules when it comes to your on-line safety:
 
  1. The first and most basic rule is to use common sense when you are online. If you see an unusual link or a website that does not seem safe, ignore it and close the window –best not to visit it! 
  2. If an offer on-line looks too good to be true, then it likely is too good to be true.
  3. If you use the same password for all of your online accounts, you immediately become very vulnerable; if someone manages to gain access one account, they will also be able to access all your other accounts.
Just a few simple tips we will tell you more about in this booklet. Don’t get us wrong, use apps and social media all you want. The internet is great for connecting with your friends, find information and share. Digitalization makes our lives easier and much more efficient. However, if you want to
strengthen your online safety, it starts with you: use common sense when you go online.
 
This booklet will help you with your future online experiences and brings together valuable and practical advice for your digital safety! 
 
Read the full report here.
Topic: 
Financial Inclusion
Regions: 
Global
Tags: 
Consumer Protection
Financial Literacy/Education
Technology