K-12 Cyber Awareness Calendar
The K-12 Cyber Awareness Calendar has been developed to help educate students, teachers, families and communities about the risks of using technology and the internet by promoting best practices in cyber safety, cyber security, and online privacy in K-12. Learn something new every month! Follow along with our monthly themes or download the calendar and go at your own pace.
Let’s encourage everyone to be a Cyber-hero!
October 2023 – Cyber Awareness Month
Students, families and staff are encouraged to view the below resources to learn best practices for cyber safety, cyber security and online privacy to ensure safer and more secure practices for school communities when using digital technologies and the internet. This information is provided by the Educational Computing Network of Ontario (ECNO) as part of the K-12 Cyber Awareness Month campaign
Staff, educators, school leaders and students of all ages can become cyberheroes by:
- Using the internet and digital technology for good, spreading positivity and respect
Watching out for and reporting questionable activities such as phishing and scams – letting others know so they don’t fall prey to the same phishing attempts and scams
Standing up for themselves and others when hurtful or inappropriate online behaviour is noticed
Keeping personal or sensitive information to themselves and continuously being thoughtful about which information to share online and with whom
Acting as a school and board cyber ally – i.e., helping the board’s IT and security team(s) by being the first line of defense in thwarting cyberattacks, being vigilant and doing their part in keeping board systems and information safe and secure
Sharing and promoting what they learn about safe and secure practices with friends and loved ones
Each week in October promoted a specific topic
- Week 1 focuses on building your cyberhero toolbelt to create a secure starting point for your digital identity and online participation.
Week 2 focuses on ways to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) safely and responsibly
Week 3 focuses on navigating connected worlds and ensuring that we know how to navigate the metaverse safely, respectfully and responsibly.
- Week 4 focused on the importance of taking care of personal well-being by knowing to rest, pause, and when to set boundaries in their use of digital technology and the internet.
Below are details for each of the weeks