Let’s Be Cyber S-M-A-R-T (Safe-Mindful-Alert-Responsible-Together)
Helen Setsikas

 

At Southridge, we are committed to keeping our students safe online. This year, we started a campaign to bring cyber safety awareness to students in Grades 5 through 12, and to our teachers and staff as well!   

The goal of this campaign is to help reduce cyber risks by teaching and providing our students with the skills to spot the signs of digital threats and prevent them from being victims of cybercrime. 

  • CYBER: computing, information technology, and the internet
  • Cyber Security: the processes (technology) and practices (people’s behavior) that keep networks safe
  • Cybercrime: illegal activities carried out on computers or the Internet
  • Cyber bullying: the use of electronic platforms to bully or cause harm to an individual
  • Cyber-attack: an attempt to damage or destroy a computer, network, or system

Let’s be Cyber S-M-A-R-T will focus on supporting and preparing our students to be Safe, Mindful, Alert, Responsible—and Together, as they learn to be tolerant, compassionate, and respectful in digital environments.   

Throughout the year we will be using posters, digital signage displays, mock email phishing tests, assemblies, and advisories as mediums to share and discuss cyber safety tips, while we encourage our students to think critically about online behaviors, identities, safety, and well-being. 

We want to encourage our kids to be S-M-A-R-T:

  • Think before we click 
  • Select strong and unique passwords 
  • Activate multi-factor authentication on our accounts  
  • Select suitable privacy settings 
  • Understand cloud storage and its applications 
  • Be mindful of how much information about ourselves we post on the Internet 
  • Reduce our risk for ransomware and malware 
  • Recognize the signs of a possible hack and know who to contact 

Unfortunately, cybercrime is growing quickly, and cyber thieves are getting savvier. However, by being aware and providing our kids with age-appropriate information about some of the risks of using online platforms, we are building the seeds for responsible digital citizens who are diligent about cyber security.

Helen Setsikas
Director of Information Technology