Intel Launches Program to Educate Canadian Children on Safe Internet Usage

Intel Security, in partnership with Discovery Education, recently announced the Intel Security Digital Safety Program, a three-year education initiative designed to teach children to “Think Before You Link” and make safer decisions when using the Internet.

The Intel Security Digital Safety Program offers resources designed to teach students ages 8-11 in Canada ways to keep personally identifiable information private online, create stronger passwords, and deal with cyberbullies. In the partnership’s second year, the program is planned to expand to reach ages 11-14.

“Teaching our kids to be safe and savvy online is one of the most important things we can be doing,” said Michelle Dennedy, chief privacy officer of McAfee. “If we’re successful in these kinds of endeavours, we’ll be contributing not only to kids’ personal well-being but also to their future education and careers—all of which will spur economic development.”

According to the McAfee 2014 Teens and the Screen study, conducted by Intel Security, 14 per cent of youth between the ages of 10 and 18 have posted their home address online, while only 61 per cent have enabled privacy settings on their social profiles. According to the Intel Security Digital Deception in Canada study, 76 per cent of youth admitted to hiding online behaviour from their parents, 56 per cent had viewed Web sites their parents would disapprove and 25 per cent said their parents don’t monitor their online activities.

“This engaging, new approach to security education will empower students to be responsible digital citizens, and provide them with the skills needed to recognize possible online threatening situations,” said Bill Goodwyn, President and CEO of Discovery Education.

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. Parents can access the program’s at-home family resources to further reinforce the importance of online safety to their children.

“Canadian youth have some potentially risky habits when it comes to their digital activities,” said Brenda Moretto, Canadian consumer manager at McAfee. “They would clearly benefit from a program that teaches them how to use the Internet more securely.”