June is Internet Safety Month

June is national Internet Safety Month, thanks to the work of the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), a non-profit public-private partnership focused on cybersecurity awareness and education for digital citizens. The month is used to raise awareness about cyber issues to help us all navigate the Internet safely and responsibly.

The best place to start as an adult is to take a few moments to teach a young person about better online safety so that they use good judgment and behavior all year long.

NCSA released research in November 2011 that found that less than half of the population (46%) reports that it feels safe from viruses, malware and hackers while roughly half (48%) of parents are not completely confident their kids can use the Internet safely. Both youth and adults alike can benefit from better Internet safety practices and should become more aware of potential threats.

The advice of the NCSA is to “Stop. Think. Connect.” Stop to take time to understand the risks and how to spot potential problems. Think about how your actions online could impact your safety or that of your family. Connect knowing you’ve taken the right steps to safeguard yourself, your family and your computer.

Learn more at StaySafeOnline.org.

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