Kids and teens around the country are staying home and adapting to a new virtual school environment due to COVID-19. While the adjustment is fun for a while, the same routine can become tedious, and students may be spending more free time browsing online. We have listed 6 educational cybersecurity resources available for kids of every age to keep them entertained, educated, and safe. At the same time, they spend more time on the internet during the quarantine.
U.S. Cyber Challenge’s (USCC) Cyber Quests
USCC is a CIS funded program that aims to identify America’s next generation of cybersecurity professionals. The Cyber Quests are a series of fun and challenging online competitions. They allow participants to demonstrate their knowledge in a variety of information security realms. Each quest features an artifact for analysis, along with a series of quiz questions. A quest may focus on a vulnerability sample web server as the artifact, challenging participants to identify its flaws using vulnerability analysis skills. Other quests are centered around forensic analysis, packet capture analysis, and more. The quests have varying levels of difficulty and complexity, and most are geared toward high school and college-age students. Register today to participate: https://uscc.cyberquests.org/
K-12 Computer Science Framework
This resource is a collaboration between the Association for Computing Machinery, Code.org, Computer Science Teachers Association, Cyber Innovation Center, and the National Math and Science Initiative. The K-12 computer science framework helps inform the development of standards and curriculum to build capacity for teaching computer science. Find a guideline that works for your child: https://k12cs.org/
This U.S. government website is focused on teaching kids how to identify bullying and how to stand up to it safely. It also provides training, state laws and policies, and school resources. Access resources to stop bullying on the spot: https://www.stopbullying.gov/
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
For fun quizzes, games, and a library of resources to educate children, parents, and teachers about cybersecurity. The resources accommodate multiple age groups. Visit https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/labs/lab/cyber/ and PBS CyberChase https://pbskids.org/cyberchase/
FBI’s Safe Online Surfing
This website has entertaining games and teacher resources to keep children of all ages safe online. Visit https://sos.fbi.gov/
The Australian Government offers games and resources for teachers to keep children safe online. Visit https://www.esafety.gov.au/kids-quiz
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