How you can support NCSAM
The Internet has become an invaluable tool for teachers, changing how they develop class materials, present lessons, communicate with parents and record grades. As a trusted adult, you can play an essential role in making sure your students stay safe and secure online when they leave the classroom.
A great place to start is by participating in National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) each October. Whether you are able to show your support for just one day or every day in October, consider the following ways you can make a difference to raise cybersecurity awareness.
What you can do…
…in one minute:
- Share one online safety tip each day in October from STOP. THINK. CONNECT., the global online safety education and awareness campaign. Download tips and advice.
…in one hour:
- Show the STOP. THINK. CONNECT. public service announcements to your class to begin a discussion about how students can make themselves safe and secure online:
…in one day:
- Have your students create cybersecurity awareness posters or videos using the STOP. THINK. CONNECT. themes to teach their peers about the importance of cybersecurity. Display the posters around your classroom and in school hallways.
- At the end of October, hold a fun classroom activity and use the STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Online Safety Quiz at https://stopthinkconnect.org/resources (under Miscellaneous) to build your students' knowledge.
- Inform parents at parent-teacher conferences that October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and tell them how you’ve addressed online safety in class. Provide STOP. THINK. CONNECT. tip sheets for parents to take home.
…all month long:
- Share with other teachers and staff what you have done to encourage your students to become more Web wise for NCSAM. Share STOP. THINK. CONNECT. tip sheets and posters.
…all year round:
- Remind students of STOP. THINK. CONNECT. tips and the importance of cybersecurity when giving assignments and projects that require Internet use.
- Learn about ways you can incorporate cybersecurity into your lesson plans. Find age-appropriate, easy-to-use materials here.