#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 Seasonal Resources
- Digital Spring Cleaning Checklist: NCSA and the Better Business Bureau are encouraging consumers to put cybersecurity top of mind and conduct a digital spring cleaning to better secure and manage their online lives. Download this informative tip sheet to get started! We’ve also created a video on how you can jump start your family’s online safety this spring.
- Tips for Passwords & Securing Your Accounts: Passwords can be inconvenient, but they’re important if you want to keep your – and your loved ones’ – information safe. In support of World Password Day, NCSA updated the STOP. THINK. CONNECT. password tip sheet with new tips to help you be a password pro.
Online Safety in the News
- The New York Times recently published “Don’t Post About Me on Social Media, Children Say,” a story on parents’ use of children’s information on social media. The story highlighted a disconnect between parents’ and kids’ concerns regarding parents sharing about their children online and the digital footprint that sharing creates for kids before they are old enough to make their own decisions about their online identities.
- Schools in Florida are paying about $18,000 each year to use SnapTrends, a monitoring software program that monitors students’ social media activity for “criminal or threatening behavior.” While Orange County’s school system claims the program helps protect students’ safety, some are concerned about the implications of social media monitoring for kids’ privacy and reputations. Read more in this story from the Washington Post.
New Blog Post: Exposure to Programming and Cybersecurity Starts at a Young Age
Kids growing up today are exposed to computers and electronic devices at a very early age. They see their parents constantly on their mobile devices and they want to mimic that behavior. Parents should work to harness their children’s love of electronics and turn it into a positive influence. Read the blog here.
Your Input Matters! Submit Your Insights on Digital Safety & Career Opportunities
NCSA and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the National Parent Teacher Association, the National Girls Collaborative Project and the Educational Research Center of America are collaborating on a survey about family digital safety practices and cybersecurity careers. We request your input in order to help make positive changes for youth and families. Your honest opinion is greatly appreciated! Learn more and participate in this brief survey here. The deadline is May 13, so don’t miss the chance to submit your ideas.
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