Protect your home network and personal privacy this school year
Up until now, the home was for family dinners, movie nights, and the occasional online shopping spree. With the current pandemic, this has all changed, and none of us are entirely ready for it. Over the last few weeks especially, households across the country have been on the edge of their seats as states and counties debate the hottest button issue at the moment – should kids go back to school?
Regardless of what your state and school district are recommending, parents are feeling overwhelmed and anxious about making decisions they don’t fully understand. Asked to pick between options they don’t like, most are facing the reality that they’ll likely be looking at some level of distance learning – whether it’s entirely online, or a hybrid model. So the real question then becomes – are you prepared to handle it?
Recently, Avast commissioned a survey of 1,000 U.S. adults 18+ on their sentiments and preparedness around continued distant learning. While 61% of households anticipate some form of e-learning to be part of a new formal education model, only 16% admit feeling adequately prepared to handle distance/hybrid learning, and over two-thirds of the people we surveyed (69%) reported feeling uninformed about return-to-classroom plans and protocols.
To help us all better navigate the ups and downs of back to (home) school, we put together a quick list of the 10 things you can do to be ready for the school year - whatever it may look like.
Digital wellness has emerged as a category to describe the habits we have and the boundaries we set when using technology. It’s not a tip so much as a practice that we’ll be exploring further to understand how people are continuing to adapt their work, study, and social habits in these unprecedented times.
Stay tuned, as we’ll soon be taking a deep dive into these topics to better prepare families and educators for what’s coming this school year.