The National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) has released a family handbook to assist parents and caregivers in ensuring that their children have a safe digital learning experience.
Although online education allows for lifelong learning, parents must be informed of the challenges and risks that may occur as a result of school districts’ increasing use of digital tools and second-hand equipment outside of the classroom.
Second-hand devices, video conferencing tools, and online account security are all covered in the new handbook.
For second-hand smart gadgets given by schools, such as smartphones and tablets, parents should select to restore factory settings. The user ensures that all information belonging to the previous user is removed by resetting the device. Passwords, internet history, photographs, documents, and Wi-Fi passwords are all included in this data.
“If you obtained a second-hand device from the school where your child is enrolled, the device should be ready to use right away, without the need to be reset. Nevertheless, if you have any questions or require assistance, please contact the school,” NCSC added. “Don’t worry if you’re already using a used device but haven’t yet chosen a factory reset. We recommend that you backup your vital data and then reset your device as soon as possible.
Make sure your operating systems and software are always up to date with the latest updates that can resolve security vulnerabilities, no matter what device your child uses to enroll in online classes. As a result, you can help secure the device from virus attacks and unauthorized access.
Adding two-step authentication to your child’s e-learning account can improve security as well. If attackers gain access to account passwords, they will be unable to access their accounts and personal information.
Teachers use video conferencing as a crucial component of distance learning in their online classes. Even if you and your child are already familiar with how to use these tools, only download video conferencing software from official sources. To avoid problems caused by unauthorized people or attackers, never post authentication information for online classes on social networks or other platforms.