What do I need to know to help my students stay safe online?
- Identity theft is the illegal use of someone else’s personal information
- Some emails look official as coming from school, or a club – let the students know when an email from school or teacher is expected.
- Create strong passwords – use combination of letters, numbers and symbols.
- Use privacy settings on social media sites.
- Mobile security is the protection of portable devices and the network they connect to.
- Never leave mobile devices unattended.
- Always lock your device when not using it.
Issues that a cyber-safety educator might have to address
- Teaching students how to have an abusive post removed
- Teaching students about privacy settings and security settings on apps
- Education around safe sharing and posting only to friends how to do this
- Education around which apps are safe or unsafe
- Issues around cyber bullying how to prevent, report and block
- Safe downloading of games, and other apps
- Identifying well known scams on social media
- Tips for safe online gaming
- Password and account safety, passwords and security
Watch for signs a student in their class is being cyberbullied or is Cyberbullying Others
- Noticeable increases or decreases in device use, including texting.
- A child exhibits emotional responses (laughter, anger, upset) to what is happening on their device.
- A child hides their screen or device when others are near, and avoids discussion about what they are doing on their device.
- Social media accounts are shut down or new ones appear.
- A child starts to avoid social situations, even those that were enjoyed in the past.
- A child becomes withdrawn or depressed, or loses interest in people and activities.
Things you shouldn’t do on an public internet network
- Personal Banking – Although your online banking app or site is encrypted, you may still be a vulnerability for a cyberattack.
- Credit Card Transactions – When using an open public Wi-Fi network people can track and steal personal information such as credit card numbers.
- Anything Involving Sensitive Personal Information- A general rule of thumb is that if you wouldn’t say it out loud in a crowd do not put it online on public Wi-Fi.
Activities, classroom tips, games, quizzes, glossary of cyber security terms
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