We love how the digital age has created so many careers and opportunities for our families. However, safety is a paramount concern where we are excited to share the news about Intel Security, in partnership with Discovery Education, with the launch of the Intel® Security Digital Safety Program, a three-year national education initiative designed to teach children to “Think Before You Link” and make safer decisions when using the Internet.
The first and only Discovery Education-supported initiative focusing on cybersecurity education, the Intel Security Digital Safety Program will equip educators, students and parents with the tools they need to be confident, safe digital citizens.
As part of the program, educators and parents who pledge their commitment and spread the word about online safety have the opportunity to enter a national sweepstakes. Now through March 2015, eligible participants can enter for a chance to win cash prizes towards strengthening the digital safety and awareness programs at an elementary school of his/her choice. One grand-prize winner will be awarded a $10,000 grant, one second-place winner will be awarded a $5,000 grant, and 10 honorable-mention winners will be awarded a $1,000 grant each to benefit the elementary school of their choice. A special drawing will be held for educators in which ten winners will receive a trip to the 2015 ISTE conference in Philadelphia, an Asus Transformer Ultrabook, a two in one tablet/notebook, or McAfee LiveSafe™ service, a leading digital security solution for consumers.
The Intel Security Digital Safety Program will provide educators with standards-aligned resources, including self-paced lessons for use in the classroom to help engage students on timely, relevant topics like Internet safety and security. At the conclusion of each module, students will receive cybersecurity certificate acknowledging they’ve completed the program and will act as a responsible cyber citizen. Additionally, parents can access the program’s at-home family resources to further reinforce the importance of online safety to their children.
Through Intel Security and Discovery Education’s partnership, the Intel Security Digital Safety Program offers resources designed to teach students ages 8-11 in the United States and Canada ways to keep personally identifiable information (PII) private online, create stronger passwords, and how to deal with cyberbullies. In the partnership’s second year, the program is planned to expand to reach ages 11-14, and in its third year the program is expected to expand globally to offer its resources in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
The first module will be focused on cyber safety and teaches children ways to keep their devices and personal information safe. According to the McAfee “2014 Teens and the Screen” study conducted by Intel Security on June 3, 2014, 14 percent of youth between the ages of 10 and 18 have posted their home address online, while only 61 percent have enabled privacy settings on their social profiles. It’s more important than ever to educate children about online safety and why it’s important not to overshare and to pay attention to settings and profiles.
Intel Security has already had huge success in equipping members of the community with some simple Internet safety tips. Since 2011, more than 250,000 school-aged children and parents worldwide participated in the McAfee Online Safety employee volunteer program (McAfee is now a part of Intel Security). With the support of Discovery Education, Intel Security hopes to make its curriculum available to millions of children, parents and educators around the globe.
The Intel Security Digital Safety Program is being launched during the fall policy conference of the Committee for Economic Development (CED) at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, D.C. CED is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, business-led public policy organization that delivers well-researched analysis and reasoned solutions to the nation’s most critical issues.
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