TEENAGERS are being taught a lesson they should not forget by a team of internet safety experts.
Cyscon UK have been teaching youngsters across the county on different cyber issues. They are helping to shape the minds of young people and alter their assumptions of what it means to be safe online by confronting the big topics of identity theft, hacking and breaching of social media accounts.
Since expanding to the UK from Germany late last year, Cyscon have given students the chance to get their alluring yet vital questions answered, such as: How do I stop my Facebook being hacked? How do I stop my embarrassing pictures going viral? How do I become a ‘good’ hacker?
Even questions that weren’t asked and thoughts that have never occurred to most teenagers were addressed. Issues on how identity theft occurs, the security risk posed by some free apps for smartphones and the dangers of posting too much on Facebook and other social media platforms were discussed.
Making sure students have the best and safest future in our era of technology, Cyscon advised pupils on the best practices for making passwords, beginning to use online banking and the security weaknesses of public WiFi hotspots.
Cyscon’s Director of Digital Strategy and Awareness, Thomas George, was pleased with the response from the students he has met with so far. He said: “We were very pleased with the level of engagement by the young people in attendance at our seminar, and pleasantly surprised at how well they came to terms with key themes.
“Although sometimes it’s difficult for youngsters to understand the dangers the internet can pose – particularly with regard to social media and instant messaging – we feel that we are making steps to help young people stay safer when online.”
CYSCON will be visiting more schools in Surrey over the coming weeks to spread important messages on cyber security. If you are interested in having a Cyscon Cyber Security Seminar at your school, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.