The Internet offers vast possibilities for learning, making a living, and having fun—but it can also destroy reputations, empty bank accounts, and ruin lives. This program cautions students about potential hazards to their computers—not to mention their careers, finances, and futures—that exist online. Highlighting the importance of setting up a firewall and keeping one’s operating system up-to-date, the program provides straightforward advice about protecting against hackers, viruses, Trojan horses, spyware, adware, phishing emails, and other high-tech threats. More basic but equally vital steps like maintaining multiple passwords and not sharing personal information are also discussed. [20 minutes]
This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.
Series Description: This series raises teen awareness of the threats that Internet users face. Personal, financial, and career-related risks become clear through conversations with young people and interviews with computer experts. Students gain an understanding of best practices and rules of online conduct, so that they can navigate potential Internet perils before trouble occurs. Correlates to National ISTE Technology Foundation Standards for Students.
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