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Monday, March 13, 2006

School Teaches kids about Cyber Security

William Kates of the Associated Press writes:

"A group of students at Rome Catholic School are learning how to become the future defenders of cyberspace through a pilot program that officials say is the first of its kind in the country.

The program teaches students about data protection, computer network protocols and vulnerabilities, security, firewalls and forensics, data hiding, and infrastructure and wireless security.

Most important, officials said, teachers discuss ethical and legal considerations in cyber security."

Now that's a wise move. I think every school should start to consider teaching computer security to their students. Most young people surf around the web carelessly and do not realize the implication of installing free games or clicking on a suspect link in an email.

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  • This is awesome. I am continually surprised (in the bad way) at how careless sooooo many of my peers are when it comes to using their computers. And when it comes to the youngsters these days, mucking around on IM and myspace with not a care in the world, I have a strong urge to kick them out of their chair, lock down their machine, reprimand them for their utter stupidity.

    This kind of program needs to be happening everywhere. But can we trust the teachers to do this right? Then again, is marginal awareness is better than no awareness?

    By Blogger theMatt, at 5:35 PM  

  • Yeah, I have a few clients who bring me their children's computers a few times per year to have it fixed, and you should see what's in there: Dialers, keyloggers, spyware, and that's only the beggining of the list. I try to find new ways to keep the computer secure, while giving the users admin rights, but it's a lost cause. :)

    I agree that all schools should be teaching childrens how to surf the web responsibly, and even if we they only remember 1 or 2 things they learned while being there and ignore the rest, the experience will be worthwhile.

    "I have a strong urge to kick them out of their chair, lock down their machine, reprimand them for their utter stupidity"

    Yeah, welcome to 2006, where kids have all the rights and parents have none :)

    By Blogger Kiltak, at 10:14 PM  

  • Oh, one other thing, is that really you in that picture beside your comment? I think it looks amazing.. (the composition, not you haha)

    By Blogger Kiltak, at 10:16 PM  

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