#CyberAware is a monthly newsletter – created for parents – by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). This month, we’re sharing resources to help you take part in National Cyber Security Awareness Month and protect your and your family’s online accounts. News from NCSA
- It’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)! Cofounded and led by NCSA and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and observed every October, NCSAM is designed to help you keep yourself and your family safer and more secure online. All month we’ll be sharing resources like infographics, memes, sample social media content, studies and tip sheets to help you play a part in creating a safer, more trusted internet. Follow the #CyberAware hashtag on social media, visit our website to download free resources to share at home and in the community and sign up as an individual NCSAM Champion for more tools to help you promote online safety awareness. Learn more about NCSAM and how you can get involved here.
- Your usernames and passwords are not enough to keep your – or your kids’ – accounts secure. So, what can you do? STOP. THINK. CONNECT.TM’s new campaign in partnership with the White House – Lock Down Your Login – will help to put you in control of your personal information and keep your key accounts like email, banking and social media safer. You have enough to worry about, so visit lockdownyourlogin.com and follow the hashtag #LockDownURlogin to learn more about the tools you can use to protect your and your family’s vital accounts, how to enable these features and how you can spread the word. Check out our blog post on the campaign launch here.
Seasonal Resources from NCSA and Friends
- Norton by Symantec Cyberbullying eBook: In 2015, the Norton Cybersecurity Insights Report found that 27 percent of U.S. parents felt their children were more likely to be bullied online than in the classroom. The Norton Cyberbullying eBook is a conversation guide designed to help parents understand cyberbullying, recognize the warning signs and start a conversation with their children on this sensitive issue.
- Hacksy: Hacksy is a fun, interactive security tool that can help you check your passwords, repair leaked or hacked accounts and activate strong authentication. Decoded is offering this tool for free in October in support of NCSAM.
- OnGuardOnline: The Federal Trade Commission’s OnGuardOnline portal provides news, tips, resources, videos and more to help you, your family and the community stay safer and more secure online.
- Rethink Cyber Safety Rules and the “Tech Talk” With Your Teens: As technology continues to become fully integrated into young people’s lives, it is nearly impossible for parents to know everything their teens do online. Additionally, parents need to understand that teens may seek help from – or be asked for help by – their peers. NCSA recommends rethinking the “tech talk” to help both parents and teens learn how to better recognize and navigate online issues and be resilient when faced with problems. Check out our tips here.
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