- Everyone has part to play when it comes to online and device security. It is often the case that the greatest vulnerability in a network is that of human error. Everyone makes mistakes, but taking time to work together with others to create strong passwords, secure devices and agree which online activities should or shouldn’t take place on a network is really important.
- Effective online and technology security (both in and out of the home) relies on routine and consistency. Encouraging others to get into good habits around updating devices and running scans can help spot problems before they occur.
- Children and adults can bring different skills and knowledge to online and technology security. A child may be more knowledgeable on where to find different settings or features on a device, whereas an adult may better understand the impact and importance of those security settings.
- Talk to your students about how they can encourage other family members to keep their devices and accounts secure. Your students could create a poster, flyer or short guide based on what they have learned about data and device security and share these with family members or the local community.
- Encourage your students to use screen locks on mobile devices and to get into the habit of locking computers when they step away from them. This can prevent unauthorised access by others, especially if a device becomes lost or stolen. Your school may have rules around keeping classroom devices secure.
- Help your students recognise that they can also teach and help their family and friends to practice better online and technology security. This could involve showing grandparents how to find security or privacy settings or social media.
- How could your students help others in school to stay safe and secure online? Many schools have formed online safety groups consisting of students, staff and other key stakeholders in school. Creating a group in your school could allow students to have a say in how the school educates and promotes online and technology safety. It may also present opportunities for your students to help others outside of school.