K-12 Cyber Safety. CARTOON: Rothstein/Morgan.

Don’t Let Hackers Steal Your Kids’ Homework

K-12 teachers should be giving students cybersecurity lessons

Steve Morgan, Editor-in-Chief

Sausalito, Calif. – Nov. 15, 2020

More than half of U.S. elementary and high school students are going to school virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study in a CNBC story.

School districts across the U.S. are falling victim to ransomware attacks launched by anonymous hackers who could be anywhere in the world. The Wall Street Journal reports districts are targeted for the personal data they store — much of it belonging to students.

Nearly half the U.S. labor force is working from home, according to research from Stanford University. Scores of parents are now alongside their children on school days.

There’s no time like the present for a family talk about cybersecurity to help protect Justin’s homework from being hacked. Family First, developed by Living Security, is chock full of free information to help keep kids safe online.

Cybercrime TV: Family First Provides Free Cybersecurity Resources

Ashely Rose, CEO at Living Security, and her 12-year-old daughter explain

Bella Rose, 12, says that her school teaches students about basic cyber safety measures such as thinking before posting online and cyberbullying, but a lot of her friends don’t pay attention.

Rose has the benefit of parents — Ashley and Drew  — who are co-founders of a cybersecurity firm headquartered in Austin, Texas. In their household, cyber safety is a frequent topic of discussion.

The trio developed Family First, which offers three videos for families to watch together, plus three expert webinars that cover the latest internet risks. The idea being — do your cybersecurity homework because hackers are going to test you. Bella stars in one of the videos, and kids her age can definitely relate.

The editors at Cybercrime Magazine endorse the Family First program for its rich content on parental controls, social media, gaming systems, device and application monitoring, and law enforcement information.

K-12 teachers should also be giving students more cyber safety lessons. Cybersecurity has become a vital life skill for young people.

Be smart. Don’t click. Stay safe.

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Steve Morgan is founder and Editor-in-Chief at Cybersecurity Ventures.

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