In recognition of National Cyber Safety Awareness month, this morning Det./Sergeant Jerry DeRosia from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department Computer Crimes Unit presented to our students the importance of cyber safety. Technology and social media can be a useful tool to connect with family and friends, but it can also be used inappropriately by others.
WHAT YOU CAN DO AS A PARENT
- Create an open and honest environment with kids.
- Start conversations regularly about practicing online safety.
- Emphasize the concept of credibility to teens: not everything they see on the Internet is true and people on the Internet may not be who they appear to be.
- Watch for changes in behavior — if your child suddenly avoids the computer, it may be a sign they are being bullied online.
- Review security settings and privacy policies for the websites kids frequent. These settings are frequently updated so check back regularly.
- Make sure mobile devices are secure. Use PINs and passwords, only install apps from trusted sources, and understand the privacy settings and permissions for all apps.
RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO YOU
The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has numerous tips and resources on topics like choosing and protecting passwords, email attachments, and safely using social networks.