Keeping student data safe during back to school season

The National Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) has gathered a list of resources to keep your new devices safe.

The new school year is around the corner, prompting students and their families to begin preparing for the first day of school. Some students received new devices to prepare, including tablets, laptops, or smartphones. While these devices can help with schoolwork, they are also susceptible to hacking.

The National Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) has gathered a list of resources to keep your new devices safe.

Keeping Children Safe Online

This article from the US-CERT (United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team) office features a list of tips for parents and guardians. It points out the specific risks associated with children that most adults may not be cognizant of.

Rethink Cyber Safety Rules and the “Tech Talk” With Your Teens

Stop. Think. Connect. is a campaign put together by the Anti-Phishing Working Group, National Cyber Security Alliance, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The link above provides a downloadable tip sheet on how to best speak to a teen regarding using technology.

FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense for School Kids and Cell Phone Safety

Courtesy of the FBI, here are 10 basic tips to keep in mind for kids using cell phones. The tips include everything from security settings to providing guidelines for children on using the phones, including social media use.

Stop. Think. Connect. Toolkit

Each age group needs a specific set of guidelines, and the Department of Homeland Security has gathered a small library of resources. From here, you can download PDFs on social media, cybersecurity while traveling, and things to keep in mind while online gaming.

Stay Safe Online

The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) has a distinct mission to “educate and empower our global digital society to use the internet safely and securely.” Their resource library features guides and videos on how to clear out cyber clutter and more.

The Concerned Parent’s Toolbox

Do you have a wide array of concerns as a parent? This article features an in-depth guide, starting with general tips and providing links to longer resources on specific topics. These topics include Cyber bullying, internet safety, monitoring and filtering, plus ad awareness.

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