#CyberAware is a monthly family-friendly update from the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). This month, we’re highlighting effective ways to teach kids how to navigate the online world, a new and easy way to report identity theft and online gaming advice for parents alongside recent news and upcoming events.
Resources from NCSA and Friends
- Keeping Up with Generation App: New Approaches for Cyber Safety and Communicating with Kids: In this RSA video presentation, NCSA’s Executive Director Russ Schrader explores how families can have meaningful and effective conversations about online behaviors. Advice includes moving beyond just rule-based discussions to real-life online experiences, building trust and teaching kids to effectively navigate the complex digital world.
- CyberWise’s Games Hub provides advice and resources for parents whose children are exploring the gaming world. Their recent update covers Fornite: Battle Royal ‒ a multiplayer, shooter game available iOS devices, macOS and Windows ‒ in addition to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One game consoles. The game has proven to be extremely popular with kids since its release in September 2017, with over 40 million+ downloads globally. Given its violent themes, however, you may want to think twice before letting younger children play.
- Do a Digital Spring Cleaning and Clear Out Cyber Clutter: NCSA and Better Business Bureau (BBB) are encouraging all consumers to freshen up their online lives by conducting a thorough cleaning of their cyber clutter. With preventing identity theft a top safety concern for Americans, NCSA and BBB encourage everyone to make “digital spring cleaning” an annual ritual to help protect valuable personal data. These easy, actionable tips will help you stay cyber safe and protect your personal data and identity.
New Blog Posts
- 4 Tips for Making Your Smart Home Virtually Hack Proof: Smart home technology offers unparalleled peace of mind, so it’s no surprise that modern home tech is seeing a light-speed growth in popularity. But this staggering growth also brings the question: how safe are our smart homes and the data that is collected?
- A New Way to Report Identity Theft: Falling victim to identity theft is tough enough. That’s the key reason the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) keeps working to make recovering from it easier. It’s also why they’re happy to let you know about an innovative project with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that allows individuals to report tax-related identity theft to the IRS online, using the FTC’s IdentityTheft.gov website to file IRS Form 14039.
Online Safety in the News
Don’t Give Away Historic Details About Yourself: We know Facebook quizzes are fun and make for great time fillers but have you ever thought about how much information you’re giving away? Cybersecurity expert and blogger Brian Krebs explains how a seemingly harmless survey could be tricking you into giving away secret answers to your security questions.