Thomas says, "It's a new environment, we're going to be engaging with technology a lot more. It's important for parents to have a conversation with their children about online safety and security."
Make sure as a parent you are aware of the networks and the accounts that your child is having access to, "Social media site, an app, wherever it is they're putting their information," adds Thomas.
The Better Business Bureau is encouraging parents to tell their children what information is not safe to share, and what is safe to share. Students can become at risk through emails from school, "Those that are learning at home will get emails from their instructors, and in those emails students now become at risk of getting phishing emails," says Thomas.
Teachers will have to up their security access, and have a plan says Thomas, "You want to keep a clean machine as well, so that the device is up to date, and the kinds of information and assignments that you share across this network does not have anything that's too personal in case it gets in the hands of the wrong person."
Tips parents should watch out for:
Contests and giveaways
Creating accounts on websites without permission
File sharing sites
Tips for teachers and administrators:
Evaluate and update cybersecurity plans
Keep a clean machine and update devices that will connect to the internet
Tips for online privacy settings for family:
Read privacy policies with children
Don't share your location
Use parental controls if necessary
For more information you can visit https://www.bbb.org/.