Parents believe digital wellness and online safety should be part of the school curriculum as fears grow that young people are exposed to scams, research shows.
A study by cybersecurity firm McAfee found that British parents fear their children will share personal information, access illegal content and face cyberbullying and disinformation.
As a result, almost half of those surveyed (43%) said they believe digital wellness and protection should be taught in the classroom.
It also found that because of these concerns, more than a third of parents (36%) said they were taking steps to better protect their families by talking to their children about safe online behavior and 19 % said they had invested in online activities. Security protection.
The majority of students have spent much of the last school year studying virtually, and digital skills are becoming increasingly important for future career paths.
Ahead of the kids returning to school for the new school year, McAfee said he chose to post tips for parents on how to better prepare kids to go online.
He encourages parents to prepare all devices used in school by ensuring that the software for each is up to date, as well as keeping account passwords up to date.
He also suggests teaching kids about fake news and disinformation, and how to spot them by querying the content they see online to determine if it’s credible.
âGetting students back to school safely is an imperative for parents after the disruptions of the past school year,â said Antony Demetriades, vice president of marketing at McAfee.
âWe know that many parents have become more aware of the need for their children to be protected online and are turning to schools to help them educate their children on safe online behavior.
âHowever, it’s good to see that many are now doing the same at home as well. At McAfee, we know the importance of digital wellness and are here to help parents and teachers educate themselves and their children.