Eight Steps to Protect Your Child’s Data, Credit and Identity

The more technology is used at school, the more students’ data is at risk, but teaching and practicing good cyber hygiene can mitigate the risk.

A mother works with her young son on a laptop at a table outside.
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In today's digitally connected world, ensuring the security of students' personal data is of utmost importance, particularly as public schools increasingly integrate technology into education. However, these institutions have increasingly become targets for cyberattacks, putting the sensitive information of children at significant risk. As responsible parents and guardians, it is imperative to comprehend the various threats facing our educational systems and take proactive measures to safeguard our children's data.

Cyberattacks targeting public schools manifest in diverse forms, ranging from ransomware attacks and phishing scams to sophisticated data breaches. These malicious activities can result in unauthorized access to, theft of or tampering with students' personal information, including their names, addresses, Social Security numbers and academic records.

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Justin Stivers, Esq.
Estate Planning Attorney, Stivers Wealth

Justin B. Stivers was born in Florida but raised in Knoxville, Tenn. He pursued his undergraduate education at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. After graduating, Justin served three years in the United States Peace Corps, living in a rural coffee farming community in Honduras. This experience not only enriched his life but also helped him become fluent in Spanish. Upon completing his service in Honduras, Justin attended law school at the University of Miami in Miami, Fla. He lived in Miami for the next 15 years, during which he built a successful estate planning law firm. In this role, Justin helped families plan for their futures, feeling a sense of accomplishment and service.