This October is the 16th annual observance of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online. We've moved from a time when technology was somewhat involved in our lives to varying degrees to reaching a line where our online and offline lives are virtually indistinguishable. The internet impacts our homes, societal well-being, economic prosperity, and the nation's security.
NCSAM, under leadership from the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA), has focused its previous messages around a theme of 'Our Shared Responsibility.' This year, NCSAM moves to a new overarching theme, 'Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT,' to help encourage personal accountability and proactive behavior in digital privacy, security best practices, common cyber threats and cybersecurity careers. NCSAM seeks to convey messages about online safety and identify opportunities for behavior change through this year's theme.
Your community can get involved in NCSAM through social media and by taking action on campus.
If you're still looking for ways to get started, view the webinar:
Additional resources, including targeted campaigns, tip sheets, videos, and memes:
Advancing Comprehensive School Mental Health Systems: Guidance from the Field
National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH)
Promoting Positive Mental Health in Rural Schools
Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network (MHTTC)
Students and Cyber-Security Research
International Association for Computer Information Systems (IACIS)
Stop. Think. Connect. Promotional Materials | Stop. Think. Connect. Securing One Citizen, One Family, One Nation Against Cyber Threats
United States Department of Homeland Security
Digital citizenship curriculum are offered to all schools, free, through the Attorney General’s Office and in partnership with Prevent Child Abuse Utah. You may contact them via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
State of Utah Office of the Attorney General
Talking to Kids and Teens About Social Media and Sexting: Tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)