Parents can play a vital role in protecting their children when they are learning virtually. These tips from the National Cybersecurity Alliance can help parents make sure their children safely use their new devices and apps for remote school.
- Got new tech? Schools might issue new technology or computer programs that parents and their children aren't familiar with. Ask the school if training is available. Parents should participate in any training with their child.
- Check security settings. After getting a new device, immediately configure its security and privacy settings.
- Don't forget to update. When a computer or device says it's time to update the software, don't hesitate to do it. One of the best defenses against online threats is having the latest security software, web browser and operating system on the devices children are using for virtual schooling.
- Do research. Before downloading a new app, do some research. Read reviews from reputable sources such as Common Sense Media, and learn about the app's permissions and privacy and security features.
- Make passwords long and strong. Passwords are the keys to children's accounts. The only people who need to know them are parents and students. Don't use the same password for multiple websites, and choose sentences that are easy to remember, such as "ILiket0EatIceCream0n$undays.
(Source: National Cybersecurity Alliance)