Wednesday, October 6, 2010
The Protection Connection
Net Cetera and Heads Up is offered FREE to you!
Since it is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month it is time to turn our focus to online protection. Exactly what are you using? Do you have spyware? Do you have an anti-virus software installed? What about firewalls?
If you are driving a car, it is important to always wear your seatbelt. It is for your protection - period. No questions asked.
If you are surfing online, you need to take steps to protect yourself, your information and your computers. Privacy is limited online, so it is imperative you use your privacy settings on all social networks and other areas you travel to online.
As you know, the Internet offers students a wealth of opportunities to communicate, socialize and explore the world. But these benefits come with risks. Problems like cyberbullying, sexting and over-sharing (exposing private information) on social networking sites affect students, schools and communities across the country.
OnGuard Online, Stop - Think - Click is a program designed and provided by The Federal Trade Commision (FTC) to help keep our teens and children safe in space. The are offering free booklets and a toolkit to help you become a better informed parent, teacher and person when it comes to online safety.
The toolkit materials are free and in the public domain. They encourage teachers, parents and others who care for kids to use this resource during a classroom presentation, community gathering or PTA meeting, and to spread the word by using the information in a newsletter or on your website, ordering free copies of Net Cetera and Heads Up for your neighborhood school from bulkorder.ftc.gov, or sharing the toolkit with colleagues and community leaders.
During NCSAM, and all year round, learn as much as you can about cybersafety and cybersecurity.
In Broward County, they offer an Internet Safety page for kids.
Be an educated parent, you will have safer teens.