#CyberAware is a new monthly newsletter for parents from the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). This month, we’re sharing resources to help you spring-clean your digital life and keep better password habits along with recent family online safety news. New Resources
- Tips for Parents on Raising Privacy-Savvy Kids: In today’s world, digitally connected families must think about safety and security both online and offline. Teaching young people easy-to-learn life lessons for online safety and privacy begins with parents leading the way. Download this informative tip sheet to get started!
- NCSA’s CyberTrip Advisor: With summer weather in full swing – and most digital travel bookers using their mobile devices to conduct trip research – it’s important to remember and follow smart practices before and during a summer getaway. NCSA has provided some user-friendly travel tips to help vacationers protect themselves, their families and the extended online community while away.
Online Safety in the News
- The Washington Post recently published a look into Generation Z’s technology addiction and constant use of social media and apps. The story looks at the daily life of a 13-year-old girl, her interactions with her family and friends and the curiosity about “what happens when the generation born glued to screens has to look up and interact with the world.”
- Larry Magid, president and CEO of ConnectSafely, wrote a blog post about the privacy and safety implications of live social video platforms, noting that if something disturbing is shown, there is “nothing anyone can do other than to stop watching or try to get the person to stop broadcasting or the service to cut them off.” Magid also discusses how to report abuse on these platforms.
- CNET featured a piece on cybersecurity challenges, in which high school and college students compete for scholarships, discussing the valuable skills kids gain in these competitions and the opportunities they present to recruit a new generation of cybersecurity and digital forensics workers.
New Blog Post: 6 Ways to Improve Your Child’s Cybersecurity
Guest author Sarah Brown contributed a Stay Safe Online blog post on steps parents can take to protect their kids online, highlighting resources parents can use to educate themselves, password best practices to teach kids, rules and boundaries for Internet use, children’s privacy concerns and more.Be a Part of Something Big! Become a NCSAM Champion
Now you can be a Champion of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)! Sign up, take action and make a difference in online safety and security this October. It is our shared responsibility to protect our digital community, and everyone’s participation matters. 2016 NCSAM Champions receive a toolkit of materials to help promote the month. To become an individual NCSAM Champion, simply fill out our registration formand pledge to participate with one or more of the suggested actions. For more information about NCSAM, check out our infographic on ways to get involved.
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