It’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month and being Cyber Safe has never been more important
Submitted by NortonLifeLock
By Kevin Roundy, Technical Director at NortonLifeLock Research Group
2020 has been a landmark year in so many ways. Among other challenges, people were forced to find innovative ways to work, learn, and socialize—many of these requiring a new level of digital connection. As a large number of adults and children in communities around the world transitioned to working and learning from home, new vulnerabilities were created.
According to a study NortonLifeLock recently conducted with The Harris Poll, 69% of parents of school-age children said that their child’s screen time has skyrocketed during the pandemic. Further, 57% reported that they accept certain risks to their child’s online safety to keep them entertained and occupied. This study shows that parents like me are not alone in struggling to find ways to keep our children safe and entertained during the pandemic.
Many of our kids are attending fewer social gatherings and logging on for distance learning while we, their parents, work from home. We know this unsupervised time spent on devices is leading to an influx of Cyber Safety risks - device hacking, location tracking, online predators - so what do we do to keep our kids safe?
As a researcher and a parent, I know that securing devices at home has never been more important. October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month and this is the perfect opportunity to raise awareness and teach our kids to be cyber safe. This year’s overarching theme is: Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart. Part of being cybersmart is recognizing the increased risks of socializing and schooling from home and implementing stronger security practices.
I realize working parents have limited time, so here are four easy things you can do to help keep your kids cyber safe:
The best thing you can do: have an open conversation with your children about the risks posed by the internet and why it’s important to understand these risks. NortonLifeLock partners with National PTA on a free tool to help guide you through this conversation: The Smart Talk. This online tool walks families through a series of guided questions and helps parents and kids create tech ground rules together.
NortonLifeLock Inc. (NASDAQ: NLOK) is a global leader in consumer Cyber Safety. We are dedicated to helping secure the devices, identities, online privacy, and home and family needs of nearly 50 million consumers, providing them with a trusted ally in a complex digital world.
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