#CyberAware is a monthly newsletter – created for parents – by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). This month, we’re sharing resources to help you improve the family tech talk along with recent family online safety news.
Seasonal Resources from NCSA and Friends
- Keeping Up With Generation App: NCSA Parent/Teen Online Safety Survey: A NCSA study of online safety attitudes and behaviors cosponsored by Microsoft reveals a complex relationship between American teens and parents. The survey, which interviewed 804 online teens and a separate sample of 810 online parents, found several signs of an apparent digital disconnect, illustrated by the finding that 60 percent of teen internet users have created online accounts that their parents are unaware of – more than 28 percent of online parents who suspect their teens have secret accounts. The study also found a high reliance by teens on peer-to-peer support, with 43 percent of teens saying friends have sought their support with issues they encountered online. Read our full press release on the study and check out our infographic, fast facts and research findings summary for more information
- Rethink Cyber Safety Rules and the “Tech Talk” With Your Teens: As technology continues to become fully integrated into young people’s lives, it will be 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 resist online issues and be resilient when faced with problems. Check out our tips here.
Online Safety in the News
- Credit.com and IDT911 cofounder and author Adam Levin’s new Huffington Post blog, “Gone Phishing? How to Talk to Your Kids About Malware,” discusses how you can teach your kids about the importance of protecting personal information and how they can better avoid falling victim to phishing scams.
- Wired.com’s new piece “Like. Flirt. Ghost: A Journey Into the Social Media Lives of Teens” delves into teens’ everyday online activities, including selfie-posting, commenting, emoji use and flirting online, and shares insights from several teens on their social media habits and interests.
- A recent Microsoft On the Issues blog post shares the results of a new Microsoft survey of teens, which indicates teens have a high level of concern about sexual threats online. The post discusses different types of online risks teens face and the need for smart, safe and respectful online habits at home, at school and on the go.
- The Washington Post’s piece “And Everyone Saw It.” discusses a seventh-grade student’s traumatic experience after a nearly-naked photo she had sent to a boy circulated around her middle school.
Microsoft Chief Online Safety Officer and NCSA Board of Directors President Jacqueline Beauchere sheds light on some of the findings of the “Keeping Up With Generation App” survey, including that many American teens are experiencing mean messages or cruel treatment online and on their mobile devices. Beauchere discusses some of the key results related to cyberbullying, teens’ online safety concerns and how they handle online issues.
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 form and 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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