The free training course, based on the Skill Cup mobile application and developed in cooperation with the Kaspersky Security Awareness platform team, was presented today to help parents and children cope better when it comes to cyber security and digital ethics. Designed to cover the key issues and challenges that children face when using their devices and surfing the Internet, the free app is available for iOS and Android devices. The presentation of the course also coincides with the International Children’s Day.
Various surveys show that a large number of children aged 11-12 already use some type of device. However, for the digital world to remain a safe place for children who were ‘born with tablets in their hands’, cybersecurity and digital ethics skills must be nurtured from childhood. Company Kaspersky and the Skill Cup have teamed up to develop a course that will meet this need.
The program is based on the Skill Cup mobile application and consists of a series of interactive lessons organized in several thematic units. They are presented in several different formats, including articles, videos, quizzes, and infographics.
Topics within the program cover the most important issues of digital ethics and literacy, including cyberbullying, rules of communication with foreigners, dangerous content (such as groups and challenges), and types of fraud, etc. At the end of each lesson, a small test is taken to assess knowledge and understanding of the topic.
The course is currently available in English and Russian.
“Today, it is difficult to imagine school-age children who do not use gadgets. Before that, parents will buy their child’s first smartphone, and he will then be introduced to the new digital world. Then every parent has a dilemma: how to protect the child’s safety from various cyber threats, and not enter too much into the child’s personal digital space in the process. That’s how we came up with the idea of a fast mobile course for parents, thanks to which they will understand the nature of current cyber threats for children. It will also provide them with tips and tricks to help them maintain a reasonable level of security without having to control too much or impose too many restrictions, ”commented Denis Barinov, Director of Kaspersky Academy.
“Children today are used to a large number of social networks such as TikTok, YouTube and many others. Therefore, the learning format should be adapted to the way they are used to consuming the content. The Skill Cup uses microlearning as a format that helps share knowledge in an interesting and interactive way, ”said Roman Mandrik, CEO and founder of the Skill Cup app.
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