It is middle of August and that means back to school is very imminent! Students will soon be back in full swing filling the school hallways with their chatter, laughter and needles to say mischief. There were times when mischief was as innocent as sticking chewing gum on the door handle. Now pranks come in the form of more serious pranks involving the ubiquitous Internet.
Below are some security tips to keep your students secure.
1. Install web security software
Implement Internet restriction software that prevents students from accessing unapproved sites. BrowseControl will allow Internet access to only those sites that are authorized by you. Or block offensive sites with the URL Category Filtering feature.
2. Scam Emails
Kids are prime candidates for phishing or scam emails. Educate them to be suspicious of emails that are offering something that is too good to be true.
3. Strengthen Passwords
Encourage your staff and students to follow best practices for password protection
- Use strong passwords
- Never share passwords with anyone
- Change passwords regularly
- Use different login credentials for different accounts
4. Don’t talk to strangers
Advise your students from refraining to talk to strangers not only in person but online as well. The anonymity of the Internet gives kids a false sense of security. Advise your students about being cautious about over sharing their activities and locations on social media.
Enjoy your new school year!