Cyber Security For Parents

PARENTS IN THE KNOW-

CYBER INTERNET SECURITY

FOR YOUR CHILD


MRS. GARCEAU
LIBRARY MEDIA SPECIALIST

CYBER SECURITY CONSUMER TIP SHEET

Stop.Think.Connect.TM 

Tips for keeping your personal information safe, your family protected, and our national security intact.

Stop hackers from accessing your accounts — set secure passwords.

Stop sharing too much information — keep your personal information personal.
Stop — trust your gut. If something doesn’t feel right,
stop what you are doing

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Think about the information you want to share before you share it.

Think how your online actions can affect your offline life.

Think before you act — don’t automatically click on links.

 Connect over secure networks.
  Connect with people you know.
Connect with care and be on the lookout for potential threats.

Securing one citizen, one family,
one Nation against cyber threats.



www.dhs.gov/stopthinkconnect



There are a number of tools that enable parents to control and filter the content viewed by their children. However, the use of such tools may prevent accessing desired sites as well. Parents are advised to use caution and their own judgment when using such tools according to their family use preference:

- Search engines that filter offensive content and are family friendly: Hazoo, Yahooligans, KidsClick, Ask Jeeves for Kids, and Searchopolis
- Blocking sites with undesired content: WebBlock, Bsafe Online, cybersitter, cyber Patrol, family connect, Net Nanny, and EnoLogic NetFilter
- To compare features on a variety of parental control software, you can visit the site GetNetWise
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HAVE YOUR CHILD TAKE

THE CYBER SAFETY QUIZ!

Round 1: Safety and Security

  1. Kristina is on Facebook and receives a friend request from a boy she doesn’t know.  What should she do?
    1. Accept the friend request. It’s rude to ignore him.
    2. Deny the friend request.
    3. Send him a message and ask him how he knows her.  
  2. When you create passwords, you should make them easy to guess. (True or False)
  3. Hector unlocks his smartphone and notices he has 12 apps that need to be updated. What should he do?  A. Ignore the prompt to update.  B. Update the app.  

  4. You don’t have to worry when you visit your favorite sites, like Facebook and gaming sites, because they are safe from spyware, malware and other online threats. (True or False)
  5. When online, you should be careful whenever approached by a new person or asked to provide   information about yourself.   (True or False)
  6. You receive an email from a person that identifies themselves as your friend John.  They want to meet you in the park after school. Do you:

    A. Tell your parents about the email and ignore the request.                               
    B. Ask the person a question only John would know to make sure it is John.
    C. Go to the park and meet your friend John.  

  7. You should always know who you’re talking to online.  (True or False)
  8. You receive a chain email that tells you to pass it on to 10 of your closest friends. Do you:
    1. Send the email to your friends – it’s so cool and you want them to see it too!
    2. Delete the email.  You're never sure what viruses these types of chain emails can have.
  9. Malware is a type of software designed to cause viruses.  (True or False
  10. When it comes to online shopping, you can safely shop from any site. (True or False)
  11. You should be aware of pop-ups and downloads.  (True or False) 
  12. You and a friend are on the computer, looking to download music and movies.  
      1.  Go to a site that your friend uses and download a few files onto the computer.
      2.  Only with your parent’s permission, go to trusted websites or app stores to download music and movies.  
      Only with your parent’s permission, go to trusted websites or app stores to download music and movies.


ANSWERS TO THE QUIZ

1-B. A friend is someone you know and trust and have
interacted with over time.


2-FALSE.  You should create passwords or use pass phrases (a group of words) that are easy to remember, BUT hard to guess.  Make your passwords long, strong and unique by using a combination of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. Don’t use the same password for different accounts. Write your passwords down and keep them in a safe place away from your computer.   

3. Update the apps. It’s important to Keep a Clean Machine. Keeping a Clean Machine means having the latest operating system, software, web browser, anti-virus protection and apps on your computer and mobile devices. You should also only have apps on your phone that you actually use.

4. FALSE.   Trusted sites can be safer. However, what you do on those sites – such as clicking on posts with links or using apps – can put you at risk. The best security step you can take is to Keep a Clean Machine. Keeping a Clean Machine means having the latest operating system, software, web browser, anti-virus protection and apps on your computer and mobile devices. Remember, when in doubt, throw it out! Links in email, tweets, posts, and online advertising are often the way cyber criminals compromise your computer. If it looks suspicious, even if you know the source, it’s best to delete or if appropriate, mark as junk email.

5. TRUE.  You always need to be on the lookout for online intruders! Be careful because they may be trying to get information from or about you. Remember to Be Web Wise and think before you act. Be wary of communications that implore you to act immediately, offer something that sounds too good to be true, or ask for personal information.

6. A. Tell your parents about the email and ignore the request.  Some people will pretend to be other people and may be impersonating someone you know. It’s better to be safe than sorry! Unfamiliar email addresses and posts on social network sites should raise a red flag. Let your parents know and let them help you make the right decision about contacting John.

7. TRUE. The Internet can be a place to meet people and join new communities. But just because you meet someone online, it doesn’t mean you really know their identity. Use caution when interacting with new people. There is nothing wrong with being suspicious and extremely guarded about sharing any personal information.

8. BWhen in doubt, throw it out! Links in email, tweets, posts, and online advertising are often the way cyber criminals compromise your computer. If it looks suspicious, even if you know the source, it’s best to delete or if appropriate, mark as junk email.

9. TRUE. Malware, short for malicious software, is designed to cause damage or disruption to a computer system or to use a computer to send spam, distribute malware or launch an attack on other computers. You can avoid malware by Keeping a Clean Machine and having the latest operating system, software, web browser, anti-virus protection and apps on your computer and mobile devices. Remember, all devices that connect to the Internet need protection.

10. FALSE.  When shopping online, you should always shop from trusted and well-known websites and always with a parent or other adult present. When banking and shopping, check to be sure the sites is security enabled. Look for web addresses with “https://,” which means the site takes extra measures to help secure your information.
“Http://” is not secure.

11. TRUE.  Pop-ups and downloads can contain viruses that could infect your computer. You can avoid viruses by Keeping a Clean Machine and having the latest operating system, software, web browser, anti-virus protection and apps on your computer and mobile devices.

12. BYour friends may not know what websites are safe or unsafe for you to download. It’s illegal to download music or movies from certain websites. Only purchase music and movies from established services for media distribution.