(ISC)2® Foundation Launches New Online Safety Education Program for Parents and Teachers
Safe and Secure Online Program Expanded to Give Parents and Teachers Specialized Knowledge to Help Children Safely Navigate Cyberspace
Palm Harbor, FL (PRWEB) September 27, 2012
The (ISC)2 (“ISC-squared”) Foundation, a charitable trust that aims to make the cyber world safer for everyone, today announced several enhancements to its Safe and Secure Online Program that will enhance its ability to help protect children in cyberspace.
On the eve of National Cyber Security Awareness Month and National Bullying Prevention Month this October, the (ISC)2 Foundation is introducing Safe and Secure Online for Parents and Teachers, along with a new, interactive Website, with the goal of enlisting and empowering those who have the greatest influence on children’s time and outlook – their parents and teachers.
Through Safe and Secure Online, (ISC)² member volunteers have helped more than 75,000 children since 2006 in Canada, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and the U.S. learn how to protect themselves online and to become responsible digital citizens. Using cutting-edge, interactive presentation materials, (ISC)2-certified cyber security experts work directly with the children in a classroom setting to tackle timely, critical topics, including online identities and reputations, malware, cyber bullying, online predators, gaming and social media pitfalls.
Safe and Secure Online for Parents and Teachers features an interactive presentation and educational workshops that will give parents and teachers the specialized skills and knowledge they need to know what’s going on in their children’s cyber world, to teach children to be good digital citizens and to help them recognize and protect against not always clear but ever-present cyber dangers.
The new Foundation Website – http://www.isc2cares.org - will act as a go-to resource for parents and teachers looking to inform themselves and their children about cyber threats and online safety. They’ll be able to access awareness and educational materials, stay up to date on new risks to children and easily request and schedule a Safe and Secure Online presentation for their children’s school or parent/teacher group, as well as get access to the tools they need to take a more active role in their children’s cyber security education.
“Just as teachers and parents teach children physical safety skills—such as looking both ways before crossing a street—they must model this behavior in the cyber world,” says Julie Peeler, director of the (ISC)2 Foundation. “Unfortunately, they don’t always have the skills and knowledge they need to guide children as they navigate the online threats they face every day at school and at home. Safe and Secure Online for Parents and Teachers will give them a chance to understand what is going on in cyberspace from experts who are on the frontlines of cyber attacks.”
To commemorate National Cyber Security Awareness Month and National Bullying Prevention Month and to foster the year-round pursuit of cyber security knowledge in local communities, (ISC)² has mobilized its Safe and Secure Online member volunteers to reach as many students, parents and teachers during October as possible. Numerous presentations are confirmed throughout the U.S. and Canada, including:
- Oct. 3, 2012, Safe and Secure Online for Parents and Teachers Workshop, 10 a.m., Parent Family Resource Center, School District of Philadelphia
- Oct. 10, 2012, Safe and Secure Online for Parents and Teachers Workshop, 5:30 p.m., Parent Family Resource Center, School District of Philadelphia
Safe and Secure Online simplifies the complex topic of cyber security into age-appropriate conversations between cyber security experts, students and their caregivers, leaving children with a powerful understanding of exactly what they need to do to protect themselves against both known and unknown hazards. Here is what students and educators have said about the program:
“You should show an adult who is reliable when bad or mean things are put online,” said one 12-year-old student.
“It helped me understand the dangers of the Internet. I learned how to keep my profile private,” said an 11-year-old student.