As you would have guessed by now, cyber education is a passion of mine. I am a big believer in education and preparing our kids for life’s path (as opposed to preparing the path for them!) So, I am delighted to tell you about bCyberwise – a new cyber education module, developed by McAfee and Life Education, which was recently launched by the Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
An extension of the much loved program offered by Life Education to Australian schools, bCyberwise was developed using McAfee’s expertise in security to create relevant content on the risks our children face in the online world.
The bCyberwise module has been designed specifically for year 3 and 4 students to provide them with tools and strategies to manage the digital age. Using engaging presentations, videos, lively discussion, role plays and problem solving, 8, 9 and 10 year olds will be given the opportunity to learn and practice core life skills in three categories: cyber safety, cyber security and online behaviour.
And the best news – it will kick off this year – in 2013 with over 600,000 Aussie students set to benefit from it!
But what I love most about bCyberwise is that it is targeting Aussie kids at the right age. We don’t have to be psychologists to know that behaviour becomes entrenched from a young age. So if children are not properly educated about cyber safety from a young age then they will not be prepared to handle the situations they will face online as teenagers.
So, well done to Healthy Harold and McAfee for arming Aussie Primary School students with the tools to help them have a positive and safe digital future.
For more information on McAfee’s Cyber Education programme, please visit http://www.mcafeecybered.com