#CyberAware is a monthly family-friendly update from the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). This month, we’re sharing the latest information and resources for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), highlighting tips for a safe summer online and addressing the issue of student privacy.
Get Ready for NCSAM 2018!
- Announcing the 2018 Themes: The line between our online and offline lives is indistinguishable. In these tech-fueled times, our homes, societal well-being, economic prosperity and nation’s security are impacted by the internet. Week 1(Oct. 1-5) of NCSAM 2018 will underscore basic cybersecurity essentials the entire family can use to protect their homes against cyber threats. We’ll be sharing top tips, advice and resources so make sure to check the resource library!
- Become a Champion – It’s Free and Easy: The Champion program is a way to officially show your support for NCSAM. Champions represent those dedicated to promoting a safer, more secure and more trusted internet. Being a Champion is easy and does not require any financial support. Both organizations and individuals can register, and we’ll send you a toolkit of materials to help spread the word at work, at home or in your community.
- Share these social media posts and graphics with friends and family: We’ve made it super easy for you to spread the word about NCSAM on social media. You can download these posts and accompanying graphics for free. Make sure to tag us at @StaySafeOnline on Twitter and @National Cyber Security Alliance on Facebook so we can like your post!
Resources from our Partners
- The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Online Gaming Tip Card (PDF): Now that we’re well into the summer, your kids might be enjoying their time off by playing online games. These games can be educational and provide interaction with others but it’s important to be aware of the risks associated with them. Be sure to use simple, appropriate steps to ensure that your kids are staying safe while playing. This DHS tip card provides easily-implemented advice for your family.
Online Safety in the News
- VIDEO: What Families Need to Know About Screen Time This Summer: According to a Common Sense Media survey, 98 percent of households with children eight and under have access to a mobile device – up 52 percent in only six years. During the warmer weather months, they have more time to play and explore and that means more time potentially spent in front of a screen. This video shares three tips to help your kids (and you!) develop healthier relationships with digital devices.
The Educators Guide to Student Data Security: New tech – especially at the beginning of the school year – comes with new threats. This guide walks educators and parents through five questions (with answers!) on what student data is, why it matters, how you can enhance student privacy and more.
Practical Tips for a Safer Social Media: If you’re taking time off to travel, visit family or simply enjoy the weather, you may very well be posting your adventures on social media more often than usual. This blog offers some practical tips on how the whole family can stay safer and more secure on social media while still enjoying the summer fun.
#ChatSTC Twitter Chat: Do’s and Don’ts for a Cyber Savvy School Year
Aug. 23, 3 p.m. EDT/Noon PDT
The rise of technological tools has transformed classrooms and education at a global level. From in-class computers and tablets that teach younger children how to code, to the devices older students use to study and communicate on a daily basis – there are innumerable ways to learn and engage in education. This #ChatSTC will discuss keeping the classroom and students of all ages, safer and more secure online.