With an updated curriculum and new cybersecurity career module, McAfee’s Online Safety Program for Kids is set to reach new heights
Online safety is an area that now touches nearly everyone – from corporate CEOs and governments to grandparents and children. It’s also why nearly 130 countries come together on Safer Internet Day to raise awareness for and work together to create a safer digital world for all.
This movement, which McAfee proudly serves as an official sponsor of, reminds us that we each share a responsibility to build a better internet, a responsibility which McAfee takes very seriously. Which is why, as part of Safer Internet Day activities this week, we’re announcing the global relaunch of McAfee’s award-winning Online Safety Program for Kids.
This program has long been at the heart of who we are at McAfee. Every year hundreds of McAfee employees donate their time and skills to teach online safety to teachers, parents and children in our communities. And along the way we’ve forged important strategic relationships to scale our reach even further. Take our Bletchley Park partnership in England, where our dedicated Cybersecurity Exhibition Zone was opened by the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, back in 2014. This week alone, the site has seen more than 200 students take part in cybersecurity education sessions run by McAfee employees as part of Safer Internet Day.
So how do we improve on Royalty as part of our relaunch you may be asking? The new program includes an expanded curriculum designed by our team of engineers, data scientists, threat researchers and more to cover the latest in emerging threats including social media privacy, cyber ethics, geotargeting and phishing, to name a few.
And in the midst of a global cybersecurity talent shortage (an estimated deficit of two million professionals by 2019), it’s more urgent than ever to inspire the next generation of cybersecurity heroes. So now, our Online Safety Program for Kids includes an education-based module with a greater emphasis on exposure and role modeling. This empowers both young girls and boys to ask questions and learn about a career in data science, threat research or engineering, from our real-world experts who only too familiar with not just the career paths, but the rewards associated with working in cybersecurity.
I’m also pleased to say, that driven by employee demand, McAfee’s annual Global Community Service Day, will place cybersecurity education for children front and center with our more than 7,000 employees worldwide encouraged to share their skills and knowledge within their local communities.
Thank you to McAfee’s employees worldwide who volunteer their time to grow McAfee’s Online Safety Program for Kids and invest in our youth globally. And just looking at our program numbers you can see why I’m in awe and inspired by this amazing team who work hard every day to deliver on our pledge to keep the world safe.
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