No doubt technology is a great thing in this digital world because it breaks down the barriers and brings people together at a place in ways that were inconceivable in old ages. But as we know there are drawbacks of everything in this world, internet, and latest technology also has some flipsides that can be injurious not only for the general public but for students as well. Due to the cybersecurity concerns and issues, your kids or students can be in real danger to make life worse for them. Viruses, Malware, online privacy and phishing are internet security related issues they should aware of in order to enjoy the safe online experience while surfing the web to find learning materials or communicating with friends.
As we all know that the future is technology and high-speed internet, teaching kids and students how to be safe online allows them to practice safe and secure internet surfing habits throughout life.
1- Keep Privacy Settings On
In this age of digital marketing, companies and marketing professionals love to know each and everything about people who are using the internet in different ways such as social media, searching for content on search engines and other ways of digital communication. Hackers and cybercriminals can also use such details to keep someone’s money away from his/her account or to access personal confidential details for criminal purposes. That’s why, students should keep their privacy settings on as they can do the same with mobile and web browsers. All social media websites and networks also have privacy-enhancing settings that user can set as per personal requirements and needs. Do, make sure that your kids have enabled these privacy settings changed to keep data and information shared on the internet safe from marketers, hackers and criminals.
2- Keep Personal Information Limited on the Internet
Something uploaded (either right or wrong) over the web remains there for a long run and also hard to delete. That’s why, when it comes to share personal details on the internet, be in your limits because not all your friends need to know your relationship status or places visited recently. But, criminals can use such information to make you a victim of their criminal activities.
3- Get Parents Involved
Educating parents regarding harms of unsuitable usage of the internet can be the best option to ensure their kids will remain safe online either at home or at school. Also tell them the effective ways to use the internet for good reasons as well as to prevent cyber security threats and issues.
4- Safe Browsing
Everyone wouldn’t choose to walk through an unsafe neighborhood. So, don’t try to visit dangerous neighborhoods online as cybercriminals and hackers usually use clickbait contents to grab the attention of internet users. That is the reason, never ever let your internet safety guard down to prevent internet security related issues. It is also said by experts that a single careless click can make your data visible to criminals and hackers that can be used for various criminal and bad activities.
5- Use a Secure Internet Connection
Most of the people consider free Wi-Fi a blessing and start using the internet at public places to keep their mobile data MBs safe for later use. But, mostly free internet connections are unsecured and can cause leakage of your personal data and information stored on your mobile devices. That’s why, always make sure that the internet connection you are using is safe and secure as well. Hackers can easily attack devices connected to the free and unsecure internet connections to steal data and information of individuals for criminal activities so always tell your kids to use a secure and safe internet connection whenever they need. However, always use such connections when you are in an urgent need.
6- Provide Authentic Resources to Students
Students may reach an injurious website or web page when searching for the learning materials over the web that can cause various cybersecurity threats for them. That is the reason, you should always provide students with authentic and secure resources to help them stay safe online. Always provide apt resources instead of asking them to search them themselves if you really want them to enjoy safe and secure online experience.
7- Practice what you Preach
As most of the schools and educational institutes are implementing digital learning solutions to help students learn more effectively. Instructors and educators should also practice personally what they address to students. For example, social media profile of a teacher shouldn’t be a place to find harmful or unsecured resources when students visit to get some help.