National Cybersecurity Awareness Month – October 2018

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), a presidential proclamation and collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its public and private partners to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity. IHS is distributing weekly awareness products throughout the month to illustrate how to help you to fulfill your important role in ensuring the security of your private information and the information of those we serve.

NCSAM’s theme for week one is “Make Your Home a Haven for Online Safety,” so this week’s awareness product is designed to promote secure online behavior by our kids at home.

The attached .pdf is an interactive story in the Choose Your Own Adventure™ style. This engaging, spooky tale is designed to be a resource for parents who would like help talking to their middle- and high-school-aged kids about exercising smart online behaviors. It addresses unsafe choices kids tend to make online, like sharing too much information on social media, falling for phishing attacks or downloading malware, pirating copyrighted content, and cyberbullying, and it does so using an engaging and fun, Halloween-inspired horror story.

We hope you’ll consider forwarding this story to the kids in your life to encourage a conscientious and wise passage through the potentially hazardous landscape of cyberspace. By promoting your kids’ secure online behaviors, you’ll help make your own home a haven for online safety!

Please Note: This story’s content was designed for 10- to 18-year-olds, but it may contain content that young children find frightening. Your preview is encouraged.

For questions or further information, please contact the IHS Division of Information Security at


Mitchell Thornbrugh

Acting Chief Information Officer, Indian Health Service

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