Following the ease of lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic which has been going on for many months now, schools have resumed and some students have just gotten through their first week and most of them did so remotely. There have been concerns about online learning threats by cybersecurity professionals and parents and school diss have been advised to work together to prevent such.
Taking the Amphitheater School District for example; the CFO at Amphitheater School District, Scott Little, stated that they weren’t doing anything much different as they still implement the same filtering process to keep track of what students are doing and this includes the devices the students are using at home. In fact, most of the devices the students used were provided by the school authorities – about 1/3 to be precise.
Speaking on the matter was Corey Munson, one of the cybersecurity professionals. According to him, the school districts so far have been doing a good job with resourced-filled I.T departments with enough support for easy adoption remote learning. To help the school, Corey urged parents at home to learn about the device and software their children are using so if they’ll help identify any possible cybersecurity threat.
With kids being forced to learn from home using devices like laptops and tablets due to the on-going global pandemic, they could be easy targets for cybercriminals and hackers because of their inexperience in identifying online threats.
A survey carried out by a security firm, PC Matic, data collected should that above 50% of parents have an interest in online threats related to their kids learning remotely. While this is somewhat impressive, all parents should be concerned. Parents should be interested in what remote learning platforms are being used, how the children log in and with what details, and so on. Furthermore, these devices should have a staunch Wi-Fi password and also an updated recent antivirus software.