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Distance Learning Solution Likely Increase Risks to Security of K-12 Education Sector Networks

May 8, 2020Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center and Pennsylvania Criminal Intelligence Center
Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center logo and. the Pennsylvania Criminal Intelligence Center logo. Joint Cyber Bulletin.

Measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 have forced school systems to implement distance learning solutions in an effort to continue students’ educations. Distance learning solutions, however, carry inherent security vulnerabilities that increase risk to the school system’s network, primarily through the incorporation and reliance on home networks. Wireless home routers and endpoint devices connected to home networks could constitute potentially significant vulnerabilities to the school networks. These vulnerabilities can be largely mitigated through the implementation of cybersecurity best practices by home users (students and their families, faculty, and staff) and school system IT administrators and staff.

Topics: Classroom Management & Teacher Safety Digital Safety & Cyber-bullying

Millions of teens are using a new app to post anonymous thoughts, and most parents have no idea

December 8, 2015The Washington Post

Millions of teenagers in high schools nationwide are using a smartphone app to anonymously share their deepest anxieties, secret crushes, vulgar assessments of their classmates and even violent threats, all without adults being able to look in.

Topics: Bullying Digital Safety & Cyber-bullying

Study says cyberbullying doesn’t stop after high school

March 3, 2015WQAD

(CNN) — “I hope she sees this and kills herself.” – message to Amanda Todd

“The world would be a better place without you.” – message to Megan Meier

Infamous quotes from famous cases of teenage cyberbullying, each ending tragically with the victim taking her life. Heartbreaking cases like these galvanized research and today much more is known about the damaging effects of cyberbullying among middle and high school students — including an increased risk for depression, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts, hostility and delinquency.

Topics: Digital Safety & Cyber-bullying