With the school year starting up (from home), families are facing a number of new challenges. To avoid adding cybersecurity expert to the list of new full-time duties for parents, we wanted to do our part at SEVN-X.
- Do your best to take a proactive approach to your child’s new learning environment. Leverage the questions listed below to get started.
- If you haven't done so already, look into enabling parental controls everywhere you can (i.e., computer, Chromebook, router, phones, tablets, etc.)
- Make sure anti-virus is installed and up-to-date.
- Teach your kids about phishing, "Not all emails are real and people may pretend to be teachers and ask you to click on or download things that aren’t official. When in doubt, ask for help."
- Don’t assume the software schools and students are using has been vetted. (e.g. non-sponsored homework help sites)
- Be on the lookout for cyber bullying, which has always been a problem, but may increase significantly in an all-virtual classroom.
Questions For Your School District
- What general steps are you taking for security of the students?
- What software or learning platforms will the district be using?
- What security testing has been done on third-party software and sites?
- Is my child's email open to the world for anyone to contact them or is it restricted to just teachers and other students?
Questions For Your Child
- What applications are you using—besides Tik Tok :) ?
- How do you chat/collaborate with other students?
- What's the weirdest thing about going back to school this way? (it may be a weird message or application that someone sent them)
- Have you gotten any email from people other than your classmates and teachers?
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