As if handling school, work, family, and home wasn’t already stressful enough, now you’ve been tasked to do it all while in lockdown. Not because you wanted to, but because this thing called COVID-19 has forced you to. In the midst of all this chaos, the internet has become sort of your family’s best friend. You need it to keep up with work, social life, entertainment, education, so on and so forth. But, how are you keeping your family safe in this new normal led by virtual interactions?
Good news! The nonprofit Center for Cyber Safety and Education has the resources you need to keep your family safe and secure online. From K-12 students to senior citizens, the Center offers free materials (in multiple languages) to educate your family on how to navigate the internet safely.
- For the youngest in the family (6-12), let Garfield teach them about social media safety and cyberbullying. Children can access Garfield’s Cyber Safety Adventures eLearning free of charge while social distancing is in place. The interactive cartoon lessons were created by cybersecurity certified professionals and the creative mind of Jim Davis, the creator of Garfield. Garfield eLearning allows unlimited play without ads, in-game purchasing, or chatrooms. The program is compatible with iOS and Android.
- Off-screen option: Garfield’s Cyber Safety Adventures Comic Book Bundle, a recent Mom’s Choice Award Recipient, is also available for children ages 6-12. This bundle includes three graphic novels with multiple activity pages, a ‘Garfield and Friends’ wall poster, and a trading card. Use code “momschoice” at checkout for free shipping in the U.S.
- For children 10 and older, download the Center’s free child-parent agreement. This agreement states the responsibilities that your child must follow when using the home’s internet service. Use as-is or adapt it to better represent your family’s needs. Also for teenagers, download the following PowerPoint to teach them about network security, passwords, the power of social media, scams, sexting and more.
- Parents, you can download these free tip sheets to learn more about cyberbullying, social media, gaming, and new device safety. These tip sheets are available in over a dozen languages. In addition, the Center’s blog keeps you updated on the latest internet safety topics like Zoom issues, TikTok best practices, and COVID-19 scams.
- For senior citizens, share with them the following cyber safety tip sheets about scams, strong passwords, and general online safety information during your next FaceTime date. They are some of the most vulnerable when it comes to online safety.
Last, sign up for the Center’s newsletter to receive more free internet safety resources and activities to help your family be safe online during this global crisis. For more information, visit IAmCyberSafe.org.
About the Center for Cyber Safety and Education
The Center for Cyber Safety and Education (Center), is a non-profit charitable trust committed to making the cyber world a safer place for everyone. We work to ensure that people across the globe have a positive and safe experience online through our educational programs, scholarships, and research. The Center is the charitable foundation of (ISC)², an international nonprofit membership association focused on inspiring a safe and secure cyber world.