The Coronavirus pandemic is having a major impact on the way we education our children. In our recent story, Saved By The Bell? Insecure Student Devices Must Be Addressed, we raised concerns about significant cyber security risks facing schools, students and parents as many embark on virtual learning programs in the 2020-21 school year.

In this document, we set out to collect together key resources to help educators better understand and manage those cyber security issues. We have included information for school administrators and teachers, resources for teachers to use when educating their students, and advice for parents looking to secure their home environment.

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Cyber Security in the School

Cyber Security in the Curriculum

Cyber Security in the Home

Cyber Security in the School (resources for school administrators)

COVID-19, or coronavirus, has affected schools and virtual learning.

Security Policies

Risk Assessment

Cyber Security in the Curriculum (resources for teachers, home educators and students)

A student participating in remote learning due to COVID-19.

Cyber security awareness training is increasingly important for our students of all ages, especially now that they are being expected to take an active role in managing their own devices, away from the watchful eye of teachers and educators. Busy caregivers, and distracted parents, who may be attempting to simultaneously work from home and supervise their children, are less likely to identify and correct risks or dangerous behaviors. It is therefore more important than ever that we give our students the information they need to understand the risks, recognize warning signs, and stay safe online.

Naturally, the depth of training will depend significantly on the age and experience levels of the students. For that reason we have broken these resources into sections by education level.

Kindergarten (KG)

  • Cybersecurity Resources for Kids
    A collection of cybersecurity resources for children. Includes various resources on safe internet use and anti bullying.
  • Empowering Educators to Teach Cyber |
    Free full-year K-12 STEM and cybersecurity courses for teachers and school districts. Provided by the Department of Homeland Security through its National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC).

Elementary Schools (grades 1-5)

  • NetSmartzKids – Be Safer Online!
    This site for kids, from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, includes games, activity sheets and a video series called Into The Cloud that teaches children how to stay safe online.
  • FBI Kids
    The FBI’s pages for Cyber Safety for Young Americans feature age appropriate games, videos, and other interactive materials, organized by grade from 3 through 8.
  • Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative
    The CyberPatriot Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative (ESCEI) is a set of three fun, interactive learning modules aimed at increasing grade K-6 students’ awareness of online safety and cyber​security principles.
  • Internet Safety Tips
    10 quick tips for staying safe online from the National Children’s Advocacy Center.
  • We need to start teaching cybersecurity in elementary school
    WeForum lays out the possible dangers children can face while being online.
  • Cynja
    Also an app, this graphic novel series teaches children safe cybersecurity habits and is designed to encourage children to pursue them to interest the cybersecurity field.

Secondary Schools (grades 6-12)

High Schools (grades 9-12 and young adult)

  • Hacker Highschool
    A complete, self-guided curriculum for cybersafety and cybersecurity, designed for teens from 12-20 years old. Instruction is a blend of written narrative and practical exercises, and can be completed with a standard computer and internet connection in a classroom or at home.
  • Don’t Be a Puppet — FBI
    An interactive website from the FBI centered on keeping trends safe from violent extremism and online radicalization. See Information for Discussion Leaders/Trusted Adults — FBI.
  • Hacker Computer School: Online Ethical Hacking Course
    Is your young adult interested in turning an understanding of online safety into a career in cyber security? This is one of a number of programs aimed at raising the next generation of cyber warriors.
  • Cybersecurity in the Classroom
    The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cybersecurity Education Training Assistance Program (CETAP) equips K-12 teachers with cybersecurity curricula and education tools.
  • High School Curriculum / Cyber Security
    This course design addresses fundamental implications of technology, the history of securing information and the relationship to the evolution of technology, and the need to securely transmit and store information.
  • CybHER Resources
    This page contains a list of links for parents, teachers, and students to learn coding, cybersecurity concepts, and more!

Cyber Security in the Home (resources for parents and care-givers)

A home security network that is used to support remote learning amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

Guides for Parents

Home Networking and Wifi

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