National Cyber Security Awareness Month is a time when we bring awareness to cyber security in hopes of making the Internet safer and more secure for everyone. It would be a disservice to ignore a growing trend of the Internet as a haven for cyberbullying, particularly with teens. According to the Cyberbully Research Center the number of teens who have reported being bullied online has increased by 65% over the past 5 years. As you might expect, the number of teens who have access to technology has increased over the same period of time. Children are becoming more proficient with technology at a younger age; however some lack the guidance needed to use technology responsibly.
This year’s NCSAM theme is “Our Shared Responsibility”, and as parents, neighbors, and security professionals we have a responsibility to educate children on how to properly use technology and help prevent cyberbullying. Not only should we set a positive example, we must also communicate and teach proper etiquette with regard to technology. With that in mind here are 3 steps you can take to help prevent cyberbullying.
About the author
Jason France is a Co-Founder of PocketGuardian, a parental monitoring application that detects Cyberbullying and Sexting on children’s mobile devices while maintaining their privacy. Prior to PocketGuardian he founded Tangent Engineering, which creates custom software applications specializing in CyberSecurity, Natural Language Processing, and Web Design. Jason graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelors of Science in Electrical & Computer Engineering and a Masters in Information Systems Management with a concentration in CyberSecurity.