5 Things to Teach Kids About Cybersecurity
Are you looking to teach your students about digital cybersecurity but don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, as always; we have your back. To start teaching your kids about cybersecurity, just read the brief blog below.
Report any problem to an adult
Cybercrime is still a crime, and bullies may hide behind online curtains, but that doesn’t make them less responsible for their actions. Being a good digital citizen means behaving responsibly online and also sounding the alarm when someone else doesn’t. Learners themselves may not be able to do much, but letting an adult know about the encounter can go a long way.
No weak passwords
“Your Name” or “Your Birthdate” are probably the best examples of the worst passwords. The surprising reality is that too many people still utilize these kinds of passwords for their online accounts. It’s, therefore, imperative for learners to know how to create and utilize only strong passwords for their online activities.
Be on the lookout for potential scams
Cybercriminals are experts in finding several ways of tricking online users into giving them their personal information. Sending messages on social media, and making voice calls are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to phishing methods, and learners need to learn how to find potential scams and avoid them.
Keep your antivirus software up to date
Antivirus software does a great job of protecting devices from various kinds of malware. It ensures users will avoid most cyber-attacks by default, or at least it will notice anything that seems suspect. Learners should only utilize computers, laptops, tablets, or phones that are protected.
Stay away from “free” wireless connections
All that glitters is not gold, and everything that says it’s free’ actually is. Free WiFi connections are all over, and for people who don’t have a great data plan, these gimics can be hard to pass up. But they are also risky, opening the user up to security breaches. So do your self a favor, stay away from free WiFi.
Schools at every level will always need to provide all their learners with a safe learning environment, be it physical or online. Cybersecurity measures become more essential as more learners engage in online activities. Regardless of their age, they need to know how to protect themselves from a cyber-attack. That’s why it’s essential to teach them how to create and manage the most secure passwords, the challenges, and risks of public WiFi connections, how to spot potential cyberscams, and also that they should report any suspicious activity to a responsible adult that they trust.