The Do's and Dont's of Online Safety- Practical Tips for Teachers and Students

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Undoubtedly, digitality has radically transformed almost every facet of our life for the better (or at least that is what I hope is the case). For us in education, our dependence on the services provided  the 'binary codes' is growing bigger and bigger and the current pandemic has even accelerated it to unprecedented rates. 

Online, blended, and other digitally based forms of education have virtually become the norm and more and more of our students are flocking to the net to do daily activities that were to the recent past the preserve of the brick-and-mortar classrooms. However, the world of digitality is also fraught with dangers and challenges which we should be aware of in order to safely navigate it. 

In today's post, I am sharing with you this handy visual featuring some practical online safety tips I compiled from Google Safety Center and ScamWatch. The purpose is to help raise awareness among teachers and students about the issue of online safety and also provide teachers (and parents) with a resource they can easily use with their students in class. You may want to print and use the visual (for free) with your students in class. If you have other suggestions or tips please share with us on ETML's social media profiles.

1- Common scam methods

A- Phishing:
Scammers trick you to hand over personal or financial information such as bank details, passwords, etc.

B- Hacking: 
Scammers try to get access to your personal or financial information by exploiting security weakness on your network, computer or network. 

C- Malware
Scammers can use malware which is a program or software designed to damage your device, get access to your files, and track your digital activities. 

D- Ransomware
Ransomware is a malware that blocks access to one's device and demands payment to unblock it.

E- Data breaches
Scammers get access to your data through 'accidental data breaches of business or government accounts'.


2- Do's and Dont's of online safety

 Do's
  • Run an online search to verify the identity of the sender
  • Use strong passwords and activate two-step verification whenever possible
  • Double-check the URL by hovering over the link or by long-pressing the text on mobile
  • Make sure the URL starts with "https." A grey, fully locked icon will appear in Chrome browser when URLs are secure.
  • Use Chrome or Google Drive to open suspicious documents and PDF attachments.\
  • Maintain up-to-date software on the services you use such as Chrome in order to access the latest security features and fixes.
  • Be careful about what you share on social media websites

Dont's
  • Don't click on suspicious links.
  • Don't open suspicious emails and don't reply to them. 
  • Don't use the same password for all your accounts.
  • Don't share personal or financial information on public computers or Wi-Fi hotspots.
  • Don't provide unrestricted app access to your personal data.
  • Don't leave the screen of your device unlocked. Activate automatic screen lock.

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