Students are more connected now than ever before, with the internet a great resource for homework and research. Most young people are using mobile phones, social media, and playing games online, but it’s important that students understand that there are risks online - including scams, viruses and cyber bullying.
Teachers and parents can help to make sure students and children know the basic steps to protect themselves online. Schools should also review their cyber security practices to ensure they are providing a safe online environment for their students.
Key points for students
- Use strong passwords – including on your mobile phone
- Be aware of common scams and phishing – be suspicious of unexpected emails; don’t click on attachments or links that you don’t recognise.
- Be careful about how much personal information you post online, including on social media – it will be there forever and may fall into the wrong hands.
- If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. “Pop-up” freebies or other amazing offers may not be what they seem; don’t fall for them!
- Know that computers can get infected from certain emails, attachments, USBs, CD ROMs or DVDs
- If you are unsure, check with your teacher or parents.