Top five tips for promoting online safety when students go back to school
TEMPE, Arizona., August 11, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — As the summer days draw to a close, many parents and students prepare for the new school year. While most parents feel it’s more important than ever to talk to their kids about cybersecurity, more than 3 in 4 admit it’s difficult for parents to keep kids safe online1. Norton, a consumer cyber security2 brand of NortonLifeLock (NASDAQ: NLOK), today released top tips to help families prepare for a digitally safe school year.
The new school year is a perfect time for families to define and rethink their digital behaviors together.
From completing homework to chatting with friends, back to school often means more screen time for students, making them more vulnerable to online threats. According to the 2022 Norton Cyber Safety Insights Report, more than 1 in 4 parents said their children have clicked a suspicious link on their smartphones, yet 62% of parents trust their children to surf the web unsupervised.
“For many families, the start of a new school year is an opportunity for a fresh start and a perfect time to collectively define and reassess their digital behaviors,” he said Paige Hanson, Director of Cybersecurity Education at NortonLifeLock. “We are committed to equipping students and their families with the tools and education they need for a digitally safe and intelligent school year.”
Norton recommends the following tips to help parents and students protect data and devices this school year.
Have open conversations: Enabling conversations about healthy digital behaviors is important for families. However, it can be difficult to know where to start. To help, Norton has partnered with the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) to create The Smart Talk, a free, interactive online resource that takes families step-by-step through productive conversations about online safety.
Enable automatic updates: Students use a handful of educational apps and websites throughout the school day, and these programs can be tempting targets for cybercriminals if they’re not updated with the latest malware and virus protection. Malware can allow attackers to take over devices, spy on online activity, and steal sensitive information, which is why it’s so important to keep apps and programs up to date on all connected devices.
Know Your Parental Controls: Students are more likely to use devices and technology to enhance their curriculum, but this can also serve as a distraction as it provides access to a surplus of information online. Setting parental controls and privacy preferences across devices, networks, and apps can help your students safely explore and navigate the digital world while managing content and screen time.
Beware of phishing: Many schools use email addresses with a common school or district wide domain. This creates the perfect breeding ground for cybercriminals who create phishing emails that impersonate legitimate contacts in order to lure sensitive student information or data. Remind your family to “think before you click” to avoid opening suspicious emails or links.
Update your security software: Returning to school means students are accessing public campus WiFi, which can leave personal information vulnerable. One of the best ways to protect personal information and prevent your kids from accidentally downloading malware or spyware onto their devices is to make sure your devices are protected with the latest version of security software. School Time, a parental controls feature included with Norton Family and select Norton 360 plans, helps parents manage their child’s online learning environment.
For more cybersecurity information and guidance, visit the Norton Internet Security Center.
About NortonLifeLock Inc.
NortonLifeLock Inc. (NASDAQ: NLOK) is a global leader in consumer cybersecurity, protecting and empowering people to lead their digital lives securely. We are the consumer’s trusted ally in an increasingly complex and connected world. Learn more about how we are transforming cybersecurity at NortonLifeLock.com.
1 Based on an online survey of 12,034 adults, including 4,287 parents of children under 18, in 12 countries (Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Japan, New Zealand, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom and United States). Conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of NortonLifeLock, between May 16 to June 2, 2022.
2 Nobody can completely prevent cybercrime or identity theft.
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