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Defend against cybersecurity threats to your school.

Across America, kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12) educational institutions are experiencing a significant increase in cyberattacks, especially during the transition to remote and virtual learning as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Malicious cyber actors are targeting school computer systems, slowing access, and rendering the systems inaccessible to basic functions.

Our Nation’s students are also spending more time online than ever before, using technology to complete homework, communicate with peers, and engage with teachers and school staff. Our growing dependence on technology systems - coupled with emerging, evolving, and increasingly deceptive cyber threats – demands enhanced awareness and vigilance when it comes to our online world. It is important for schools, parents, and students to stay safe online by taking proactive steps to defend against risks and strengthen cyber safety and security both at home and within schools.

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The federal government identified additional resources that highlight strategies for school safety. Use these resources to learn more about cybersecurity.

Guidance
Cybersecurity
Online Resources to Prevent Child Exploitation

Department of Homeland Security, July 2020

HSI's Child Exploitation Investigations Unit wants you to know how to prevent and report instances of child exploitation. Our partners at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children have created the NetSmartz educational outreach program to provide timely and useful information about how to stay sage online. Visit one of the topics below to learn more.

Fact Sheet
Cybersecurity
Cyber Safety Considerations for K-12 Schools and School Districts

Department of Education

This Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center fact sheet includes information on the most common online threats students face, including cyberbullying and describes how school and school district administrators can prepare and respond to online threats.

Guidance
Cybersecurity
iGuardians™: Combating Child Predators

Department of Homeland Security

Visit this DHS page for information on Project iGuardian, which is focused on keeping children and teens safe from online predators through education and awareness.

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