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Cyber Security for kids

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Our children are more connected than ever through the use of portable devices and the power of technology. Because of this it’s important to know how to use devices and the internet securely.

Kids use the internet for school and playing with friends, but it is essential they know the difference between cyber friend and foe.

Unfortunately, some internet users go online to steal valuable information, including information stored on our portable devices. As technology evolves, it is important parents and caregivers talk to their children about how to stay secure when online.

Make it a priority this Safer Internet Day (February 8) to download our Cyber Security Instruction Manual: A Kid’s Guide To Using the Internet Securely and speak to your children about safer internet practices.

Cybercriminals are always coming up with new ways to target people online. Staying up to date with the latest cyber security advice and sharing this knowledge with our children can help create a more secure environment online.

What can you do?

Take these five steps to help stay secure online:

  1. Update your device
  2. Turn on MFA
  3. Back up your device
  4. Use a passphrase
  5. Recognise and report scams

Look at the ACSC’s Cyber Security Instruction Manual: A Kid's Guide to Using the Internet Securely to view these five steps in detail and encourage cyber secure practices for kids. Additionally, the ACSC’s Quick Wins for Your Portable Devices provides advice on how you can best secure all your portable devices from cybercriminals.

To view these guides, visit cyber.gov.au.