ISC2 volunteers and local Toronto Scotiabankers talk to kids in schools about internet safety and cyber-bullying.
(ISC)² ® and Scotiabank offer tips for helping kids stay safe online
TORONTO, June 11, 2013 /CNW/ - Smartphones, social media and
sophisticated mobile technology have taken schoolyard chatter online.
In the next few weeks, schools will be out for the summer and kids will
have more time to spend chatting online and sharing photos and stories
on social media. But do your kids know how to protect themselves
"Young people have the ability and flexibility to keep up with rapidly
changing social media technology, but they don't always have the
judgment, sensitivity or awareness needed to protect themselves and
respect others online," says Greg Thompson, Scotiabank's Deputy Chief
Information Security Officer and (ISC)² Board member. "That's why
Scotiabank joined forces with the charitable arm of (ISC)² over a year
ago to help bring their Safe and Secure Online program to Canada and
equip students with trusted advice directly from information security
Safe and Secure Online is a volunteer-based program that partners
information security professionals with schools to educate students,
parents and teachers on cyber issues affecting youth today, including
topics such as cyber bullying, protecting personal information and
sharing photos and video. The unique program uses peer-created content
delivered by trained information security experts who volunteer to go
into the classroom and speak with kids, as well as offer resources for
parents and teachers.
Scotiabankers and (ISC)² volunteers Blair Campbell and Jason Sachowski
visited the St. Mary Catholic School in Toronto earlier today and spoke
with a middle school class about staying safe online. Here are a few
tips they offer young people surfing the web:
Control your image online - Take a moment to stop and think before sending out personal information,
photos or video, because once they're online, the decision is out of
Understand the technology - Respect your own and others' privacy and use privacy settings. Protect
passwords and personal information such as your address or contact
Online activity lasts forever - When posting anything online, remember that activity on the internet is
never fully deleted or destroyed and will be accessible forever.
Be suspicious - Online friends are still strangers.
"The Toronto Catholic District School Board Safe Schools Department is
grateful to (ISC)2 and the volunteers from Scotiabank who are providing our students with
additional supports and instruction in internet safety," says Rory
McGuckin, TCDSB Superintendent of Safe Schools. "We are committed to
keeping parents and students informed about the importance of
protecting their privacy and maintaining respect for others, so that we
can offer an effective and safe place to learn."
"Being more responsible online is an important life skill — one that I
felt was critical to teach kids at an early age, especially as a parent
myself," says Campbell, who led Safe and Secure Online's expansion into
Canada in 2011, which has since grown to 45 volunteers who have helped
over 3,500 children protect themselves online. "Parents also have a
critical role to play by educating themselves about the Internet,
guiding their child's online activity and leading by example. It's up
to us as parents to help kids understand the risks and consequences
associated with surfing the web."
(ISC)² created Safe and Secure Online in 2006 with Childnet
International in the United Kingdom based on (ISC)² members' feedback
that they wanted a way to educate the most vulnerable members of
society — children. Since then, the program has gone global thanks to
the grassroots efforts of (ISC)² members around the world.
"Over the past year, thanks in large part to the help of Scotiabank,
Safe and Secure Online's presence in Canada has grown tremendously,"
said Julie Peeler, director of the (ISC)2 Foundation. "Scotiabank's continued support will help propel the growth
of the program and improve online safety for many young Canadians."
For more information or to request a presentation, visit www.isc2cares.org or contact (ISC)² at email@example.com.
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 nearly 90,000 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 www.isc2cares.org.
Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live
and work, both in Canada and abroad, through our global philanthropic
program, Bright Future. Recognized as a leader internationally and
among Canadian corporations for our charitable donations and
philanthropic activities, Scotiabank has provided on average
approximately $47 million annually to community causes around the world
over each of the last five years. Visit us at www.scotiabank.com.
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Andrew Chornenky, Scotiabank Media Communications, 416-866-4826, Andrew.firstname.lastname@example.org
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