SECURING THE GAME
Cyber Security Guide For Junior Sports
United States Edition

Module 5 | Online Activity

Continual Monitoring, Awareness and Vigilance

Welcome to Module 1 | Starting Safe – An Introduction to Cyber Security for Kids.
The goal of this module is to provide you with the foundation for keeping your children of all ages safe from cyber threats by offering, information, practical tips and strategies.
The six modules that follow will build on Module 1 and provide you with more information and guidance in all areas of Cyber Security and how to keep your kids safe.

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Securing The Game - Parents & Carers

Starting Safe

Introduction to Cyber Security for Kids
As parents and carers we are all aware just how much the modern digital age has revolutionized how our children, teenagers and young adults interact, learn, play and earn incomes.

Whilst offering immense benefits and opportunities, the internet and its associated tools and resources also presents significant risks with multiple impacts including personal, social and financial

For all concerned, understanding these risks and how to mitigate them is crucial.

Our goal with this module is to provide you with the foundation for keeping your children of all ages safe from cyber threats by offering, information, practical tips and strategies.

Understanding Online Dangers

Our children face multiple online dangers, including cyberbullying, online predators, and exposure to inappropriate content.

 

Cyberbullying, for instance, can have severe emotional and psychological impacts. According to a Pew Research Center report, 59% of U.S. teens have experienced some form of cyberbullying with 27% experiencing a form of abuse in the previous 30 days before taking the survey.

 

Online predators often disguise themselves to build trust with children and exploit them.

 

Furthermore, children can easily stumble upon inappropriate content that can be harmful or disturbing.

 

Setting Ground Rules

One of the first steps in protecting your children is to establish and reinforcing clear rules about internet use.

 

These rules should cover areas like the amount of time they can spend online, the types of websites they can visit, and the information they can share. For example, a rule can be set that screens should be turned off an hour before bedtime or that certain apps can only be used with parental supervision.

 

Encouraging open communication is also vital, to ensure that your children feel comfortable discussing any uncomfortable online experiences with you or other family members.

 

Essential Tools and Software

There is a wide range of tools and software that can assist in securing the online presence of your children. These include antivirus programs (which can prevent malware infections), Virtual private Networks (VPNs) that can provide secure internet connections.

 

Depending on the age of your children, Parental control apps can monitor online activities, block harmful content provide reports on your child's internet usage and finally alert you to any potential dangers. Familiar examples include Norton Family, Qustodio, and Net Nanny.

 

Promoting Positive Online Behavior

The importance of maintaining a positive digital footprint is vital for all children to be familiar about and apply.

 

Ensure that they understand that what they post online can have long-lasting consequences, and encourage them to think before they post and to be respectful in their online interactions. Positive online behavior encourages not engaging in cyberbullying, avoiding the sharing of personal information, and being cautious about what is shared online and with whom they interact in all of their activities.

 

Educating About Privacy

Privacy is one of the most critical aspects relating to online safety.

 

Teach your children at all ages on the importance of keeping their personal information private. Explain that they should not share details such as their full name, address, phone number, or school.

 

Discuss the potential risks of oversharing, including identity theft and exploitation, and encourage them to use privacy settings on social media and other platforms to control who can see their information.

 

Conclusion

By fully understanding the risks and taking proactive steps, parents and carers can contribute to the creation of safer online environments for their children.

 

This module has provided the foundation for protecting your kids from cyber threats and fostering responsible online behavior.

 

A thorough and consistent implementation of these strategies will ensure that your children have the best chance of a positive and safe online experience.

Securing The Game - Kids

Ask the Kids

Taking Stock of all things Digital
Technology continues to develop at an astonishing pace and forms an increasingly critical part of the lives of all of us (especially our children and young people in general).

Whilst not to be feared we should seek to not only manage how technology and its tools affect our lives but also have a clear understanding on how these same tools can have a negative impact as well.

The importance of regular checks on the technology in our lives cannot be understated.

Devices

Let’s list all of the devices that we use on a daily/weekly basis, including: Home desktops (do they even still exist), Home lap tops, School lap tops, Mobile phones, iPads, iPods, Smart Watches, Alexis and any other devices which you own and/or use …

 

Social Media Platforms – All Platforms

Which Social Media Platforms are you currently subscribed to?

Please include the platforms that you have signed up to but do not visit very often, including: Snapchat, Tik Tok, Instagram, Facebook, and any other platforms that you subscribe to.

 

Social Media Platforms – Active Daily or Weekly

Which Social Media Platforms are you active on multiple times during the week, including: Snapchat, Tik Tok, Other?

 

Apps

Now, let’s list all of the Apps that we are currently signed up to both on mobile devices and desk/laptops, including:

All of your social media platforms listed above. Games, Apps you use for school like Forest, Other Apps you use for fun, Other Apps you use that are useful, like bus timetables or Life 360 etc. and any other Apps that you signed up to some time ago … or use regularly …

Other …

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