The founder and operator of a K–12 Cyber Incident Map is sharing some lessons he has learned after collecting data over the past 17 months on cyber incidents at United States schools. Doug Levin, president of Ed Tech Strategies, says that as K–12 schools increase their use and reliance on digital tools and services, the number of cyber incidents has also been on the rise — exponentially so.
The resources are available through Google’s Be Internet Awesome project, which was evaluated by the International Society for Technology (ISTE) and received the Seal of Alignment for Readiness for its pedagogical value.
The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union recently examined the privacy policies in place at 22 school districts that offer laptops for home use during the school year. All 22 districts revealed that their policies require parents to acknowledge that there is no expectation of privacy when a school issues a device to a student.
Computer hackers, also known as cybercriminals, are infiltrating our world with ever-increasing sophistication. It is critical that students understand both the benefits and risks of their devices — especially their smartphones. Educators have an important role to play in helping students understand and safely navigate an internet-connected world.
- By Jacob Batchelor
This article presents some ideas and suggestions to work towards being a more informed digital parent and guide children in an increasingly online world.
- By Stephen Spengler
The new “Protecting Privacy in Connected Learning, Version 3” toolkit serves as an "in-depth guide to key student data privacy laws," according to the Consortium for School Networking. The full toolkit is available for free.
The Parent Coalition for Student Privacy and the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood earlier this week released a free, online toolkit that offers guidance to parents on how to protect their children’s personal information.
A hacker going by the name "nclay" claims to have stolen more than 77 million user accounts from Edmodo, a K–12 social learning network of 78 million teachers, students, parents and other members, and has put the data for sale on the Dark Web.
Cyberattacks appear to be on the rise; however, young professionals equipped with computer science (CS) skills to combat those threats are not growing at the same pace as the need. That’s the assessment from various recent sources and reports, from news sites to companies that track cybersecurity.
Today more than ever, education institutions need to step up their network security by implementing strong cyber security tools to protect their schools’ websites, infrastructure and meet the demands of their online learning platforms.