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October is Digital Safety Month

In October, we participate in Digital Safety (Cybersecurity) Awareness Month, focusing on the importance of staying as safe as possible in our ever-connected world. We believe fostering a safe online environment is crucial for our students, parents, and community members. This month, we're proud to join the nationwide effort to promote cybersecurity awareness and want to share four steps we can all take to increase our digital safety. 

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released these four recommendations:

1. Turn on Multifactor Authentication (MFA)

Multifactor Authentication is your digital shield against unauthorized access. By enabling MFA, you add an extra layer of security to your online accounts. It's like having a second lock on your virtual front door. Take a few minutes to activate MFA on your email, social media, and other important accounts. It can make a world of difference in safeguarding your personal information.

2. Use Strong, Unique Passwords

It's easy to fall into the trap of using the same password across multiple sites, but this habit can be a ticking time bomb. Creating strong, unique passwords for each online account is one of the most effective ways to prevent unauthorized access. Consider using a password manager to simplify the process and generate robust, uncrackable passwords.

3. Think Before You Click

Cybercriminals often use enticing links and email attachments to lure their victims into clicking. CISA's advice to "think before you click" is sage guidance. Always exercise caution when opening emails or visiting websites, especially if you weren't expecting them. If something seems suspicious, trust your instincts and avoid engaging with it.

4. Update Your Software

Software updates are not just about adding new features; they often contain critical security patches. Failing to update your operating system, applications, and antivirus software can leave you vulnerable to cyber threats. Make it a routine to check for updates and apply them promptly to ensure that your digital fortress remains strong.

By following these recommendations, you'll greatly enhance your digital safety. However, Digital Safety Month isn't just about protecting ourselves; it's about creating a safer online environment for our children and the entire community.

We encourage all parents and community members to engage in open discussions with our students about the importance of cybersecurity. Teach them about safe online behavior and remind them that their actions have real-world consequences. Together, we can create a culture of responsible digital citizenship.

Digital Safety Month is a call to action for our school community. Let's all commit to making our digital lives safer, not just this month, but throughout the year.

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