We will be working schools, education providers, as well as businesses and local communities to educate and provide services to combat cyber bullying to make the world more cyber friendly.
Talks with Students
With the wealth of content and constant flow of new hype surrounding new media, it’s no surprise why young people are so captivated by the online world. It is equally important that students learn how to stay safe online from scams, privacy invasion, cyberbullying, spam, and the worst of all, predatory behaviour.
This all sounds good to us adults, but will kids listen to this mumbo jumbo?
The key is not to approach this directly from a negative perspective. Even adults love their smartphones and their internet (just try turning off the internet in your own home and see how long you can last without it!). You need to approach it at the kids level, presenting them with stories and anecdotes which appeal to their level of maturity and understanding of the world.
It’s not all talk from you though, you also need to ask questions so you can hear things from their point of view and make sure that both parent and child understands each others perspective. They might not see it as you trying to protect them, they might see it as you ruining their fun. And we all know that’s not the goal, but they might not see it this way.
Talks with Parents
The hardest part of helping your child with cyber safety, might be you setting a strong example of what it means to be cyber safe yourself. You also need to manage your own device usage and screen time so that they understand it’s not all about the smartphone and that there is a world outside of it.
Once you are able to be the master of your own little universe, you can now not only set a good example, you can help your child through experience and some hand holding. Even then, you need to be proactive in making changes and ensuring your family stay safe online all the time.
It’s also important not to go off on a power trip and start spying on your kids. The aim is that you supervise where needed, guide when asked, and enforce healthy habits and discussions.
Talks with Companies
With all the scams and hacks people can be hit with, hitting a business with a scam or hack can be detrimental to the business and people’s livelihoods.
There’s no shortage of banks who have had fake emails sent out, made to look like official bank emails asking users to confirm their online banking password or reveal other detailed information. You might think that you are smart enough to tell the difference, but all it takes is one weak link in the chain to break. Now imagine it wasn’t an individual’s bank account, but rather, an employee’s intranet access.
No matter how strong your security is, if one employee falls into the hacker’s trap and hands over their credentials, the hacker now has a key into your network and intranet information which could house intellectual property and competitive advantages.