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How to Protect School Children From Deep Fakes

Deep fakes are a growing concern in the age of digital media and can be extremely dangerous for school children. Deep fakes are digital images, videos, or audio recordings that have been manipulated to look or sound like someone else. They can be used to spread misinformation, create harassment, and even lead to identity theft. With the prevalence of digital media, it’s important to protect school children from deep fakes.  

Here are some tips to help protect school children from deep fakes:  

1. Educate students on deep fakes.

Educating students on deep fakes is an essential step in protecting them from the dangers of these digital manipulations. Schools should provide students with information about the different types of deep fakes and how to spot them.  

2. Encourage students to be media literate.

Media literacy is an important skill that students should have in order to identify deep fakes and other forms of misinformation. Schools should provide students with resources to help them understand how to evaluate the accuracy of a digital image or video.  

3. Promote digital safety. 

Schools should emphasize the importance of digital safety and provide students with resources on how to protect their online identities. This includes teaching students about the risks of sharing personal information online, using strong passwords, and being aware of phishing scams.  

4. Monitor online activity. 

Schools should monitor online activity to ensure that students are not exposed to deep fakes or other forms of online harassment. Schools should have policies in place to protect students from online bullying and harassment, and they should take appropriate action if they find any suspicious activity.  

By following these tips, schools can help protect their students from the dangers of deep fakes. Educating students on deep fakes, encouraging them to be media literate, promoting digital safety, and monitoring online activity are all important steps to ensure that school children are safe online. 

Through quipping students with the tools they need to navigate the online world, schools can also help them learn how to use digital technology responsibly. Through educational resources and programs, schools can teach students the importance of digital citizenship and how to use digital technology ethically and safely. Finally, schools should promote collaboration and communication between parents, students, and school administration to ensure everyone is aware of the risks of deep fakes and other forms of online deception.  

Deep fakes have the potential to lead to identity theft, particularly if deep fakes tools are used to steal the identities of students or even teachers. McAfee’s Identity Monitoring Service, as part of McAfee+, monitors the dark web for your personal info, including email, government IDs, credit card and bank account info, and more. We’ll help keep your personal info safe, with early alerts if your data is found on the dark web, so you can take action to secure your accounts before they’re used for identity theft. 


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