How to keep Kids Safe on Chromebooks

Chromebooks are in many ways ideal for classrooms, allowing teachers to leverage online resources to provide richer, more differentiated educational experiences to your students. In addition, Chromebooks have multiple, substantial layers of built-in security, providing peace of mind regarding certain types of cyber threats.

A Worrying Security Gap

Unfortunately, one fast-growing security gap that has largely been neglected is the one that opens up when your students take school-owned Chromebooks off-campus.

Possible Risks with Off-Campus Chromebooks:

1. CIPA Compliance

The basic requirement of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) is to monitor minors’ online content and behavior, and protect them from online dangers and inappropriate or illegal content.

2. Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying takes many forms and uses many platforms and media, but it continues to increase, and it continues to cause devastating psychological damage among young people.

3. Cyber Threats

When students go online through a public Wi-Fi network, they are taking security chances provided by the host. If the host security is inadequate, learners can all too easily access malicious websites or open phishing emails that can deliver malware.

Remedies to address the risks:

Comprehensive Web Security

A web security solution that extends policies and protections across both on-network and off-network devices, including Chromebooks, is the best way to meet CIPA requirements, and to ensure that your community’s children are protected whenever they use school-issued devices.

Solving the Chromebook-Specific Puzzle

The dangers enumerated above are well understood. Remote filtering and off-network policy enforcement have long been recognized as important security capabilities in the age of mobile computing.

Information for this post is based on an article by Sanjay Ramnath in eSchool News, follow this link for more details.