Protecting your child from camera hackers while distance learning

Posted at 9:33 PM, Jul 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-21 09:18:18-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — As some parents consider online schooling options to lower their child's risk of exposure to coronavirus, we're learning more about how webcams could introduce a security challenge.

The Lee County School District plans to offer distance learning options during the 2020-2021 school year, including the use of Lee Home Connect and Lee Virtual School.

But, some parents are concerned about the safety of the cameras that allow students to connect with their classmates and teachers.

"People can look at stuff in your house, and get ideas about things and learn things about you," one parent tells FOX 4.

Security experts share the concern: hackers can access your web cam and spy inside of your home while the camera isn't in use.

It's called "camfecting".

District 5 school board member Gwynetta Gittens says she understands why home and internet safety is a valid concern for parents.

"What keeps me up at night and being concerned about this are the families that aren’t tech savvy that wouldn’t think about this," Gittens says.

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