Internet Safety & Computer Security

The NetSafe Utah project includes presentations, workshops and online resources for kids, teens, parents and educators. NetSafe Utah is adapted continually to provide Utah schools and communities the Internet Safety information they need and helps schools meet Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requirements.

You can find many more resources and videos at http://netsafeutah.org

Take a look at these great posters below. We have adapted the Computer Security Awareness posters from this article. Feel free to download a PDF of the Computer Security Posters or the SafeUT Posters, or access any of the original images and files here to print for yourself, adapt and reuse, or just share with anyone who could benefit from the information and messages. If you would like larger posters printed for your school, we would be more than happy to print them for you on our large format printer. Contact Chris or Clint to get started!

 

 

 

Cybersecurity Lock IconThe Cybersecurity Lab is a game designed to teach people how to keep their digital lives safe, spot cyber scams, learn the basics of coding, and defend against cyber attacks. Players assume the role of the chief technology officer of a start-up social network company that is the target of increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks. In the game, players must complete challenges to strengthen their cyber defenses and thwart their attackers. The Lab also features stories of real-world cyber attacks, a glossary of cyber terms, and short animated videos that explain the need for cybersecurity, privacy versus security, cryptography (cyber codes), and what exactly hackers are.

There are four major gameplay components of the Lab:

  • Coding Challenge: An introduction to very basic coding skills. Players program a robot to navigate a maze, using drag-and-drop commands.
  • Password-Cracking Challenge: A series of “password duels” teach players the basics of how attackers might try to crack their passwords and how they can make better, more secure passwords.
  • Social Engineering Challenge: Players are presented with two apparently similar emails or websites. They must first identify the differences between them and then decide which one is a scam attempting to steal their information or money. This challenge also includes a number of audio recordings and transcripts of phone calls; players have to decide if they should trust the caller or not.
  • Network Attacks: As their companies grow, players must buy defenses to defend themselves against a series of cyber attacks. The better that players do in the three challenges, the more resources they’ll have to buy defenses.

Access The Cybersecurity Lab game here, but be sure to check out the Educator Guide first! Big thanks to PBS NOVA Labs for creating this great tool.

 

It's almost impossible to keep up with what your kids are doing on their smartphones and mobile devices. They have so many apps! Which apps allow for safe, appropriate interactions? Which apps can be used properly, but could also be misused? Maybe most importantly, which apps should my students NOT be using at all??

SafeSmartSocial.com has some very valuable information for anyone who is asking the questions above. Of particular interest is their Popular App Guide for Parents and Teachers. This guide details many of the most popular apps out there that your students may or may not be using. The guide categorizes these apps into three different "Zones":

  • Green Zone - Apps that they consider to be safe for Teens and Tweens
  • Grey Zone - Apps that can be good and bad for your Teens and Tweens
  • Red Zone - Apps that they consider to NOT be safe for Teens and Tweens

In addition to some background information on these apps, each app has a video associated with it to explain how students are using (or missusing) the apps, how to tell if they have the app installed or not (or have had at one time) and how to talk with your student about why they should or should not be using it. 

Here's a PDF Summary of their App Guide. Below is a video about the app guide and the apps in each zone. Do your homework and keep ahead of your kids!!

 

E-Rate applicants must enforce a policy of Internet safety and certify compliance with the purpose of the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) to be eligible for E-Rate discounts for services other than basic telephone service. Each year UEN is required to collect an E-Rate Form 479 from every school district and consortium member on file in order to remain CIPA compliant.

For more information on how to comply, visit the UEN site here.

 
Contact Chris or Clint to schedule an Internet Safety Demonstration at your school.
 

 

Below are links to helpful information for teachers, parents and students to stay safe online:

Virus Information:

Attacks & Scams:

How-To Videos:

Anti-Virus Programs for the PC:

Anti-Virus for the Mac:

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