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07/01/20   |   By

Safety Tips For Virtual And Home-Based Summer Camps

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Summer camp once offered a wonderful respite for children and parents alike. All that has changed in an age of coronavirus, however. While some socially distanced day camps remain available, not all parents are willing to take the risk of sending their kids to such destinations. Meanwhile, overnight camps are barred in many locations, as it’s all but impossible to maintain proper mitigation tactics in such an environment.

As with school, the primary workaround involves virtual solutions, which promise to deliver all of the enrichment of camp while keeping hazards to a minimum. But while such approaches avoid spreading the virus, they are by no means risk-free. Keep the following in mind as you strive for the safest virtual summer camp experience possible:

Level Up Your Digital Security

If you’ve yet to properly secure your devices and network, it’s critical that you do so before camp begins. Otherwise, you risk becoming yet another victim to the increasingly prevalent array of security breaches involving Zoom and other videoconferencing apps.

Take a close look at security controls offered through the app of choice for your child’s camp. Use browser-based tools when possible, as these bypass some of the concerns associated with downloaded apps. Don’t forget to update anti-virus and anti-malware programs on your devices.

Instruct Your Children on Virtual Best Practices

Teach children the basics surrounding digital security. They should know when to avoid clicking links or downloading attachments. Remind them that sharing personal information — such as your address or phone number — is never okay without explicit permission. Finally, let them know that they can come to you with any concerns about bullying or sexual harassment.

Whether your child has been harmed at home or at camp, the team at Regan Zambri Long PLLC can guide you through the personal injury process to ensure that you receive the damages you deserve.

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