Doxxing is a scary problem that can put your child in danger. However, there are things you can to to ensure they are protected online. Colette Bernard from PixelPrivacy.com explains what you need to know.
Doxxing is when someone on the internet (the doxxer) posts personal information about someone else (the victim) for the world to see. This information is sensitive, meaning it can be used to figure out who someone really is, where they live and how to contact them.
The information can be the victim’s real name, home address, phone number, email address, photos or other personal information.
You can find out more about doxxing and the dangers of doxxing here.
One of the best things you can do to make sure that your child isn’t doxxed is to talk to them about it. These conversations help them know not to tell anyone their real name, share pictures of themselves online or tell anyone about which school they go to or what grade they’re in.
Here are some other ways you can protect your child from doxxing:
If the worst happens and someone tells the internet about your child’s true name, address, or more, there are things you can do about it.
Sometimes children don’t understand the consequences of their actions, and they may not understand that putting their friend or other person’s personal information online can put them in danger.
Talk to your child about the dangers of doxxing, not only for their own safety but for the safety of their friends.
If you find out your child has doxxed someone, go onto their online account and take the post down immediately to protect the safety of whoever it is they doxxed.
See advice and resources to help children stay safe online.