Internet Safety for Online Learning
For many families, school looks very different this year. We want to protect you and your family from scams and security breaches. If your child’s school has adapted remote learning, consider these safe practices:
Familiarize yourself with the technology that your child is using. Make sure you are aware of the permissions that your child has on their technology. However, rest assured most schools (if not all) have safety measures in place. However, it doesn’t hurt to ask your child’s teacher about the different software that they have in place, and the websites that your child will be using.
Stay aware of the scams currently floating around the internet. There are various scams going on that are targeting both students, and parents of current students:
- “Federal student tax” scam. In this particular scam, the “IRS” will ask you to pay them via a money gram. They will then threaten you to take you to the police if you do not pay.
- Scams targeting personal information and access to their device. This occurs by sending the victim links that are not safe to follow. These links can ask you for your personal information, or target
saccess to your computer. Before you (or your child) clicks on a link, hover over it and make sure that they appear real, and safe.
- Scams targeting login information. Your child’s teacher should have the login information that they need. Don’t allow your child to give their information to anyone who requests it, and make sure your child knows the things that are appropriate to share during the school day, and the things that are not.
It is important to continuously monitor what your child is doing during the school day. While this is a busy time for both students and parents alike, a few simple check-ins, to make sure your child is on topic and not getting distracted can help prevent unsafe uses of technology.
Protect your home network. Keep your anti-virus software up-to-date. You should also change the default password on your router (if you haven’t already). These are often freely available to attackers online if they know where to look. You should choose a password of at least 8 characters, with a mix of case, numbers and symbols. The current advice is to pick three random words or a memorable phrase.
With remote learning being a learning curve for all of us, it is important to take safety seriously. Like with online banking, avoiding identity theft with fraud protection tips can be used to keep your family safe while working online. By considering these few short tips, you can set your child up for success this year! For more information on safe remote learning, visit National Online Safety or the FTC’s website.