Practice Safe Cyber

Staying safe in our cyber-connected world is a constant challenge. Threats are everywhere: scammers, hackers, predators and thieves are actively working to steal personal information, access accounts and take advantage of people. We want to assist residents in their efforts to protect themselves and their families online by practicing safe cyber. The City's Cyber Security Awareness campaign is an ongoing initiative throughout the year. Each month will focus on a different cyber security theme and information will be posted here, and on the City's social media platforms. We will work with our local community groups, schools, law enforcement and military partners, business associations and media outlets to help spread the word. There will be something here for everyone: young and not-so-young, parents, teens, small business owners. Virginia Beach is safest in crime. Let's be safest online by practicing safe cyber.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Online Privacy and Cyber Security for Teens

young people on mobile phonesAccording to Stay Safe Online​, one-third of a child’s life is spent online, 77 percent of children go to online school and 94 percent of teens do online research. Ninety-one percent of 18 to 24 year-olds say they network online with people they don’t really know. These stats show that further education on the importance of maintaining cyber security should be a main goal of parents and teachers. ​​

Cyber security and online privacy are perhaps the most important considerations for any generation alive today, but especially for teenagers. Maintaining privacy when it comes to their personal identifying information, location and even family member identities will help to thwart efforts at identity theft and other online threats. 

It’s important to do what you can to arm your children with the knowledge necessary to maintain their cyber security. 

Stress the importance of maintaining anonymity online and keeping accounts and files secured. 
Regularly communicate with them about their activity online. 
Gradually increase their exposure to social media to help prepare them as they get older for when you won’t be there to advise them. 
Discuss cyberbullying and how it can affect others, and encourage them to bring any evidence of it to your attention. 
Talk with them about who they’re communicating with online, and explain why they shouldn’t accept requests or messages from people they don’t know in real life. 
Encourage them to immediately notify you if anything seems out of the ordinary with their accounts. 
Explain the importance of having strong passwords and encourage them to change passwords at least every 90 days. 

Cyber security has never before been such an important subject to discuss with your teenagers. Past generations had less access and sometimes no access, but today it’s an everyday occurrence for school work and extra-curricular activity. Ensuring they understand the importance of maintaining their privacy and not interacting with or sharing their location and other information with people they don’t know in real life is vitally important, too. 

The best thing parents can do is build a strong foundation of trust with your teen and gauge their maturity level and readiness for more freedom when working or playing online.


The City of Virginia Beach is a National Cyber Security Awareness Champion

1.png​​​The National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) Champion program is a way to officially show your support. Champions represent those dedicated to promoting a safer, more secure and more trusted internet. Being a Champion is easy and does not require any financial support.  

NCSAM Champions include companies and organizations of all sizes, schools and school districts, colleges and universities, nonprofits, government organizations and individuals​. Information on how to become a National Cyber Security Awareness Champion can be found at the Stay Safe Online website​. ​ 

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