Because of COVID-19, internet safety education has become a hot topic among our communities. The new normal of working from home left many businesses and families scrambling to figure out how to secure their online environments. As of today, human error continues to cause 60 to 80% of data breaches according to multiple surveys (Security Boulevard). The best way to stop these numbers from going up even more is with education.
To strive for a safe and secure future, we need to start educating our children at home today. Let’s start with three basic lessons we can teach kids as soon as they start using devices:
- What you post on the internet, stays online forever.
- Never, ever talk to strangers online, no matter how nice they may seem.
- Keep your personal information such as full name, phone number and location, private.
But cyber safety education isn’t just the parents’ responsibility. Keeping our communities safe and secure online is everyone’s job. The nonprofit Center for Cyber Safety and Education has taken this time of social distance to develop Garfield Virtual, an educational entertainment program that companies can use as an employee benefit. Companies taking a proactive approach to cybersecurity and educating employees and their families will have a safer and more secure working environment.
Garfield Virtual is based on the award-winning Garfield’s Cyber Safety Adventures program, designed to teach children ages six to 11 how to be safe and secure online. Accessed via email, Garfield Virtual includes educator and student eWorkbooks with Garfield videos, activities and the lesson plan. In only 40 minutes, you can teach a group of your employees’ children how to protect themselves online in a fun and engaging way using your preferred video conference platform. The beauty of Garfield Virtual is any company in the world can use it as part of their Cybersecurity Awareness Month initiatives or as part of an outreach event with a local organization.
In this new normal of online working and learning, companies should extend their cybersecurity initiatives to include their employees’ families. Human error is the biggest vulnerability for any company’s infrastructure and making cyber safety education accessible to employees allows for families to make internet safety a priority at home and at work.
About Center for Cyber Safety and Education
The Center for Cyber Safety and Education (Center), is a non-profit charitable trust committed to making the cyber world a safer place for everyone. The Center works to ensure that people across the globe have a positive and safe experience online through their award-winning educational programs, scholarships, and research.