(ISC)2® Foundation Launches New Online Safety Education Program for Parents and Teachers

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Safe and Secure Online Program Expanded to Give Parents and Teachers Specialized Knowledge to Help Children Safely Navigate Cyberspace

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 will also be featured on the WJLU Cornerstone Radio listener call-in radio show “Chris & Edie in the Afternoon” on Sept. 27 from 4-6 p.m., broadcast from Port Orange, Fla.

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.

“Our students definitely benefited from the (ISC)2 [Safe and Secure Online] program that we received from Blair Campbell,” says Marguerite Thomson, principal, St. Michael Catholic School in Toronto. “The program was relevant, concrete and interesting. It helped to teach our children about how to be safe and secure while using technology. These skills are essential in the 21st century.”

“The Safe and Secure Online initiative is an outstanding program that engages kids and helps them to recognize the potential dangers on the Internet,” said one teacher. “It’s the best program I’ve ever seen in all my years of teaching.”

The Computer Department chair of a middle school said, “I cannot tell you how powerful this program is or how it impacted my students. I highly recommend this excellent program to anyone who cares for our adolescent population. It makes a difference.”

Another teacher reflected, “When students were asked if they had their own Facebook account, over 90 percent of the students raised their hands. Facebook accounts are available ONLY to those over the age of 13, and our 6th graders are 11 years old. The discussion that followed was eye-opening to all the participants…even the teachers.”

“Knowledge can truly empower a person,” states Tony Vargas, CISSP-ISSP, CSSLP, Security+, a lead Safe and Secure Online volunteer and president and chairman of (ISC)2’s Sacramento Chapter. “(ISC)2’s Safe and Secure Online programs for children, adults and teachers are very powerful because they teach people how to think differently and question what they see online. Thinking differently or questioning what you see and do before clicking on a Website, opening an email attachment or following a hyperlink is what can truly make a difference in enabling a person to have the safest online experience possible.”

For more information on the Safe and Secure Online program or to request a presentation for your school or parents group, please visit http://www.isc2cares.org.

About (ISC)²
(ISC)² is the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified information security professionals worldwide, with over 86,000 members in more than 135 countries. Globally recognized as the Gold Standard, (ISC)² issues the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) and related concentrations, as well as the Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP®), Certified Authorization Professional (CAP®), and Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP®) credentials to qualifying candidates. (ISC)²’s certifications are among the first information technology credentials to meet the stringent requirements of ISO/IEC Standard 17024, a global benchmark for assessing and certifying personnel. (ISC)² also offers education programs and services based on its CBK®, a compendium of information security topics. More information is available at http://www.isc2.org.

About the (ISC)2® Foundation

The (ISC)2 Foundation is a non-profit charitable trust that aims to make the cyber world safer for everyone by supporting cyber security education and awareness in the community through its programs and the efforts of its members. Through the (ISC)2 Foundation, (ISC)2’s global information security expert membership of over 86,000 seek to ensure that children everywhere have a positive, productive, and safe experience online, to spur the development of the next generation of cyber security professionals, and to illuminate major issues facing the industry now and in the future. For more information, please visit http://www.isc2cares.org.

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