When your child wants to go over to a new friend’s house, you probably ask questions. Who else is going? Will the parents be home? We should be having the same discussion with our kids about their Internet use. Which websites are okay to visit? What kind of information is acceptable - and more importantly what is not - to share online? Below find resources and materials to help you start the discussion with your kids or students.
- Learn more about the dangers of Internet crimes, what you can do to prevent them, and what your kids need to know from the National Crime Prevention Council.
- Protect yourself, your family, and your devices with tips and resources from the National Cyber Security Alliance.
- Get educational resources for educators and parents to discuss cybersecurity with kids and teens from Netsmartz, a program of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).
- Integrate cyber education into your home or classroom through the Cyber Security Awareness Volunteer Education (C-SAVE) program’s scenario-based curriculum for K-12 students.
- Learn how to avoid scams, protect your identity, and secure your computer with tips from the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) OnGuard Online.
- Sign up for alerts and get tips on how to safeguard your home computer from the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT).
- File a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center or your State Attorney General's Office if you or a member of your family are a victim of online crime.
Follow ten simple, customized steps from the Federal Communications Commission’s Smartphone Security Checker to secure your mobile phone. In addition, learn how to safely use public Wi-Fi networks and what steps to take if your phone is stolen.