Cyber-security focuses on physical protection (hardware and software) of personal information and technology resources from unauthorized access gained via technological means. Cyber-security is a shared responsibility at home, at school and in the community. Kids ages 8-18 spend half of the time they are awake online. As parents, educators and community members we have the responsibility to protect them from common online threats such as cyber predators, cyber bullying, or identity theft.
The https: ensures the information you provide is encrypted and transmitted securely.
There are few things to keep in mind in order to maintain a secure online presence:
- Make sure your antivirus and firewall software have the latest updated version.
- Your operating system, such as Microsoft Windows, Apple IOS or Linux, has all the patches installed.
- When sharing personal or sensitive information online (ie: banking, social media platforms) make sure you are accessing a secure URL by verifying it has the “S” e.g. https://. The https: ensures the information you provide is encrypted and transmitted securely.
4 things your school should do:
- Create an awareness campaign of cyber-security best practices.
- Develop policies that provide guidelines for both staff and students.
- Create admin procedures and practices to manage classroom and online behaviour.
- Develop training programs and plans that teach safe online behaviours.