iStock_000018807376_SmallNow that the school year has begun, educational technology is in full swing. Students are taking home devices or using their parents devices to access educational apps, games and supplementary materials.

While these types of resources are great for students outside of the classroom, children may inadvertently compromise their parents’ data when accessing these materials. While the idea of compromised data is discouraging, parents can avoid these issues by communicating smart and safe device usage with their children.

Here are two major areas children may accidentally compromise their parents’ data:

  1. Device access
    1. Not all school districts supply students with take-home devices, but there are multiple apps and other supplementary materials students can access through their parents tablets and computers. Certain apps and programs may not have top-notch security protocol, and can open the door for malicious sources to access a device. In order to avoid a device being compromised, parents should review all apps that are being downloaded to verify their purpose, and the apps are coming from a reputable source.
  2. Credentials
    1. One of the easiest ways for a hacker to wreak havoc is to gain access to credentials. If someone’s credentials are compromised, there is a risk of all email, medical, financial, and other sensitive accounts being hacked. To avoid any credential mishaps, parents should keep all sensitive account credentials separate from their children’s educational account credentials.

While the possibility of an accidental data breach is foreboding, the right preparations can go a long way. Communicating with students about the risk of compromised credentials and devices can help keep the entire family on the same page. Along with communication, keeping all sensitive data and accounts separate from children can also prevent any accidental breaches.