Cyberbullying: Advice for victims and witnesses

According to the Cyberbullying Research Center, about half of young people have experienced cyberbullying in one form or another at least once, and between 10% and 20% of them are regularly bullied online. In other words, there is a strong chance this affects you, whether as a victim, a witness, or as a bully. Cyberbullying is … More Cyberbullying: Advice for victims and witnesses

Education cybersecurity: 3 steps to a safer school

Schools do far more than educate students. Their IT departments have to support and secure functions including healthcare, retail, research, human resources, finance and accounting. Some of those functions present rich targets for data thieves—just look at all the healthcare and retail companies that have suffered well-publicized data breaches. Breaches in education continue to happen, … More Education cybersecurity: 3 steps to a safer school

Northern Irish police release kids’ texting codes to worried parents

A few days ago the PSNI released a list of “secret texting codes your kids could be using”: Many parents appear worried about not understanding their kids’ “secret language” and fear inappropriate or illegal activities may be concealed behind seemingly innocent abbreviations. Although texting abbreviations have been around ever since texting and messaging itself, the … More Northern Irish police release kids’ texting codes to worried parents

Children in a digital world ‘need lessons in online safety’

The Children’s Commissioner for England has called for more to be done to help educate children in online safety in a new study titled Growing Up Digital. Anne Longfield said that it is “wholly irresponsible” for youngsters to spend time in a digital world, without appropriate education. The year-long study found that across a number … More Children in a digital world ‘need lessons in online safety’

School ransomware: A threat to be aware of

It can often feel like every day brings news stories about ransomware attacks on businesses, particularly at hospitals and schools. While the life-or-death nature of hospital data might force some healthcare organizations to accede to criminals’ demands in hopes of restoring access to that data as quickly as possible, some schools are also falling prey to these demands. Paying criminals … More School ransomware: A threat to be aware of

Do your kids know good password hygiene? Here are some rules

Even though the Irish tend to use safer passwords than the global average, here are some safety tips just in case. Growing up before the age of the internet and social networks has left many older users unprepared for risks looming in the virtual world. From that perspective, today’s kids are lucky, as the best … More Do your kids know good password hygiene? Here are some rules