Cyberbullying — like plain “old fashioned” bullying — is a heartbreaking to see, especially when it is directed at innocent children. There are many things that can lead to it and there are many things that can help minimize it. I do not pretend to have all of the answers and, you can bet, if I thought I did, I would share them with the world.
But, there is one thing I do know and that is that parents have a very big role in helping to keep kids from bullying others and in helping to protect their own children from bullying. I use the words “helping to keep” and “helping to protect” as recognition that there is no single solution to this problem — but if we can help make it better, than that is a good place to start.
In this interview with Ken Molestina @cbs11ken on DFW CBS 11 @CBSDFW, we discuss some of the issues surrounding cyberbullying and you will notice that my advice keeps coming back to the parents, for a reason: We as parents are the first line of defense when things involve our children and there is no technology, service, app, or other person who can take our place.
Here are several helpful resources to learn more about cyberbullying and how to help protect against it:
- Top Ten Tips for Teens
- How can you prevent cyberbullying
- Delete Cyberbullying – Preventing Cyberbullying
- Tips to Help Stop Cyberbullying – ConnectSafely
- Cyberbullying Prevention – Gundersen Health System
CyberBullying.gov provides extensive resources for parents and answers to questions such as:
- What is Cyberbullying?
- Cyberbullying Tactics
- Preventing Cyberbullying
- Warning Signs a Child is Being Cyberbullied or is Cyberbullying Others
- What to Do When Cyberbullying Happens
- Digital Awareness for Parents
- Establishing Rules
- Tips for Teachers
- Reporting Cyberbullying
The Cyberbullying Research Center provides a very nice .pdf graphic listing these 10 tips for teens to preventing cyberbullying:
- Educate Yourself
- Protect Your Password
- Keep Photos “PG”
- Never Open Unidentified or Unsolicited Messages
- Log Out of Online Accounts
- Pause Before You Post
- Raise Awareness
- Setup Privacy Controls
- “Google” Yourself
- Don’t Cyberbully Others
The Texas Bar Journal’s year-end update on Cybersecurity & Data Privacy law was once again provided by Shawn Tuma and addressed the following issues:
- Lawyers’ Cybersecurity and Data Breach Obligations that are required under Texas law and the ABA’s Ethics Opinion 483 titled Lawyers’ Obligations After
an Electronic Data Breach or Cyberattack
- Whether an IT service provider’s locking a customer out of its computer violates the Texas “hacking” law
- Whether a woman viewing pictures on her boyfriend’s iPhone violates the Texas “hacking” law
- If Apple, through a programming glitch, has the ability to allow someone to use your iOS device as a microphone to listen to your conversations without you even touching the device or knowing it was in use, then Apple can do the same thing through purposeful programming.
- If Apple can use programming to access your microphone, then it can also access your camera the same way.
- If Apple can do this, so too could nation states with sufficient access to the programming (If you doubt this, read this story of UAE hackers).
- If Apple and nation states can do this, so too can criminal hackers, with sufficient access. (Tuma explains more about this on WIOD in Miami, FL)
For decades our whole society has enjoyed the benefits of technology without accepting the responsibility of guarding against the privacy and security risks that go along with it. We have taken those things for granted and now it is time to pay the piper and become more responsible by being more cyber aware and using good cyber hygiene.
This is not just for the companies that provide this technology and collect and use our data. This is for all of us — we the people must learn to protect ourselves against these risks. (Tuma explains more about this on WJIM in Lansing, MI)
Here are a few points to consider to think about how we can do this:
- There is no such thing as 100% security when it comes to technology or data. There is always some measure of risk involved in the cyber realm.
- As you go through your day, imagine someone is listening and watching you through your telephone and think about what aspects of your private and business life you are unecessarily exposing through the technology and data we use.
- This isn’t intended to be alarmist and suggest that you purge all technology from your life, however, there are ways to minimize unnecessary risk:
- Do you really need your telephone in the private places you go, like your bedroom or restroom?
- Do you really need to share your company’s deepest, darkest secrets in an email when it could have been done in person?
- Do you need to have your telephone sitting on the table when you are discussing extremely sensitive private personal or business information, or, would that conversation go just as well (or even better) without the telephones?
“We’re going to start hearing stories now of people who had sensitive information revealed.” @shawnetuma explains the implications behind the recent glitch in @Apple’s FaceTime on #FOXNewsRundown https://t.co/UrjQiWWAEt
— FOX News Radio (@foxnewsradio) February 4, 2019
The most likely “cyber attack” that your company will face will come in the form of an email. One of the most common forms of email attack is the business email compromise (BEC) and the most popular time of the year for the W-2 version of BEC is right now — tax season.
Read the full blog post to make sure you and your company are equipped with answers to:
• What is a W-2 BEC Attack?
• How Do Attackers Use the W-2 Information?
• Why Do So Many of These Attacks Happen During Tax Season?
• What Can You Do Now to Protect Your Company?
• What To Do if Your Company is Hit by this Attack?