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Parents

How do you keep your family safe online? How do you prepare your child for tomorrow's highly technical world? How do you remain competitive in today's workforce and stay current with cybersecurity issues? The NICCS website was developed to help you find what you need to know about cybersecurity.

Protect Your Family

While there are no sure ways to protect yourself from a cyber-attack, there are some simple steps you can take to help keep your personal information private.

  • Set secure passwords and don't share them with anyone. Avoid using common words, phrases, or personal information and update regularly.
  • Keep your operating system, browser, anti-virus and other critical software up to date. Security updates and patches are available for free from major companies.
  • Verify the authenticity of requests from companies or individuals by contacting them directly. If you are being asked to provide personal information via email, you can independently contact the company directly to verify this request.
  • Pay close attention to website URLs. Pay attention to the URLs of websites you visit. Malicious websites sometimes use a variation in common spelling or a different domain (for example, .com instead of .net) to deceive unsuspecting computer users.

For additional tips visit STOP.THINK.CONNECT view our HOW-TO GUIDE and AWARENESS section.

Prepare Your Children

To meet the cybersecurity needs of tomorrow's world we need to increase the number of US students engaged in the study of cybersecurity. Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) all provide a solid foundation for future specialization in any of the 31 Cybersecurity Specialty Areas. Engagement in these subjects will help your child remain globally competitive and position them for an exciting career in cybersecurity.

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Cyber Bullying

Cyber Bullying is using the Internet or other digital devices to send or post negative messages, images, or video clips about others. As the popularity of the internet continues to grow, many parents who did not use the Internet as children are unaware of or don’t know how to deal with the issue of cyber bullying.

While it can be difficult to realize that cyber bullying may be occurring, below are a few pointers to learn more about how you can protect your children and others from cyber bullying:

  • Encourage your children to report cyber bullying.
  • Discuss cyber bullying with your children and ask if they have ever experienced it or seen it happen to someone.
  • Keep your home computer in a busy area of your house.
  • Set up email and chat accounts with your children. Make sure that you know their screen names and passwords and that they don't include any personal information in their online profiles.
  • Regularly go over their instant messenger "buddy list" with them. Ask who each person is and how your children know him or her.
  • Tell your children that you won't blame them if they are cyber bullied. Emphasize that you won't take away their computer privileges - this is a main reason kids don't tell adults when they are cyber bullied.

 

Stay Competitive

Many of today's IT jobs involve some aspect of cybersecurity and overlap with knowledge, skills and abilities needed for the 31 cybersecurity specialty areas within the National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework. Discover career opportunities and find the training you need to advance.

Stay Current

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