Cyberspace opens a whole new world for individuals and families today. Filled with adventures and experiences once reserved for only a few, now families separated geographically can share “baby’s first step”. People across the globe can now meet, work and play together in a virtual world. However, as exciting as this is, danger still lurks in unsuspected places and may appear at the least expected moment. Whether you are using your smart phone, MP3 player, or online shopping, without implementing some best practices for cyber security, you are at risk.
Securing Our eCity is committed to providing cyber security information through links to experts and foundational workshops for individuals, schools, businesses, and government agencies, as well as creating formal curriculum for incorporation into schools at many grade levels.
Cybersecure individuals, families, businesses, and schools will help make cyberspace more safe and fun for everyone.
At Home Tips & Resources
- Use online games to educate your kids: Fun, interactive way to teach kids about being careful on the internet are readily available online. The FBI’s Safe Online Surfing (SOS) program has an online scavenger hunt. The scavenger hunts are grade specific and the topics covered vary depending on the age/grade of the children. Visit https://sos.fbi.gov to play. Agent Surefire: Breach Buster is another engaging cyber security adventure game for ages 13 and up. It is set in an office where a security breach has occurred and Agent Surefire has been engaged to uncover the perpetrator.
- Educate yourself and your child on social networking safety: This informative guide is a must-read for parents with children of all ages. Download A Parents’ Guide to Facebook, produced by iKeepSafe.org and ConnectSafely.org.
- Create an open dialogue with your kids about being online: Parents, be up front about your values and how they apply in an online context. Download the FTC‘s free book, NET CETERA – Chatting with Kids About Being Online.
- Keep your family’s computer in a shared space: A mistaken click can result in trouble, be there for your kids.
- Consider monitoring tools if your children are under 16.
At School Tips & Resources
- Ensure your computer systems and security software are always up to date.
- Provide a written IT policy for both teachers and students: This should encompass all digital devices (cell phones, computers, flash drives, etc.), it is best if this is enforced at a district level.
- Incorporate cyberspace and cyber security curriculum into your classrooms.