By Julie Peeler
A Safe and Secure Online volunteer was asked by a child, “If I tell someone, will it stop?” Just imagine the impact you can have in shaping a child’s life by having the skills to answer a simple question.
Through the (ISC)2 Foundation, (ISC)2 members in Switzerland now have the resources and support to help by providing free cyber security education to children, parents, and teachers in their local communities (plus earn CPEs for presenting). To commemorate Safer Internet Day today, 35 Swiss (ISC)2 members have mobilized to launch Safe and Secure Online in Switzerland.
The program’s presentation materials are available in French, German, and English to (ISC)2-certified members who have completed training that covers program materials and advice on communicating with children. Topics in the presentation include how to avoid identity theft, recognize dangers with common practices such as geo-tagging, manage passwords, safely download music, avoid falling into malicious traps, and how to safely interact online and know where to go for help. The presentation also includes hard-hitting videos, both risks to personal safety and the systems and devices children use.
Since 2006, (ISC)2’s Safe and Secure Online program has brought its certified cyber security expert members into schools to educate over 95,000 students and 2,000 parents in Canada, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
I would like to personally thank the (ISC)2 Switzerland Chapter, as this launch wouldn’t be possible without their commitment to localize the program for Switzerland. These volunteers play a key role in carrying out the program and organizing local school visits.
Don’t have time to volunteer? Donate directly to the (ISC)2 Foundation to support members making a difference in their local communities. As little as US$5 from each member can save a child from a cyberbully or online predator.