I’m excited to say that May 16th will mark McAfee’s 2nd annual Global Community Service Day. This year, I plan to participate in a cause that I’ve been passionate about for years—teaching children about how to stay safe online. As a mother of two children, and McAfee’s Chief Privacy Officer, I understand the importance of cybersafety for kids. Before joining McAfee, I founded The iDennedy Project, a public service organization that addresses privacy needs in sensitive populations, such as children and the elderly. I’m also a founder and editor in chief of a new media site—TheIdentityProject.com—that is currently focused on the growing crime of Child ID theft.
McAfee has a fantastic program that teaches kids how to navigate the dangers of the Internet. It’s called McAfee Cares – Online Safety for Kids and it’s a year-round school initiative that employs volunteers to help train school-age children and parents on ways to stay safe and secure, as well as maintain good ethics in their online behavior. Each Online Safety for Kids session provides students or parents with content and materials based on the STOP.THINK.CONNECT™ national cybersecurity awareness campaign. This campaign was developed by the STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Messaging Convention, a public-private partnership established and led by The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) and National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), of which McAfee is a founding member.
If you are a parent or an educator, and want to learn more about the program or schedule a school visit, contact Cybereducation@McAfee.com. We expect to have more than half of our work force participating in our day of service this year, and will be lining up school visits around the world.
McAfee launched its Global Community Service Day last year in honor of the company’s 25th anniversary, helping thousands of people in need around the world.