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E-Safety and Digital Citizenship

What is cyber safety?

Cyber safety is the safe and responsible use of online information. How and where you keep your personal information and who has access to it is important as most of us and our children spend a lot of time online whether it is for work, school or social purposes.

What is the risk?

Being online allows us to learn and socialise, but it opens us up to risks. These can be financial (scams), physical (grooming) or emotional and social (cyberbullying). 

It is important to know how to identify scams. They have the potential to steal your identity with the intention to cause harm.

One example is when you or your child post your picture, phone number or home address on social media. This could end up being 'harvested' and/or misused. 

How can you be cyber safe?

Being aware of what, where and how your personal information is available online is the first step to keeping it safe. Some key points to remember are- 

  1. Create strong passwords, use different passwords for different accounts and never to share them 
  2. Control cookies and add-ons to avoid being tracked online 
  3. Consider creating a family tech agreement (for families with children age 5-12) 
  4. Learn how to guard yourself against Phishing, Smishing and Vishing scams. 
  5. Update your software to the latest version 
  6. Protect your accounts with multi-factor authentication (MFA) 
  7. Back up your data to an external drive or the cloud 
  8. Log out of your device when not in use