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Cybersecurity: It’s for Kids, Too!

Online threats are growing increasingly more creative and reaching deeper into the pockets of businesses and individuals alike. Ransomware and other types of malware attacks in the aftermath of COVID disruptions to the workforce are evolving into something the likes of which the average person can’t defend against. With the boom of online presence and talent continuing to thrive as we return to “normal”, it has become a matter of dire urgency to begin to teach young people about cybersecurity, from as young an age as possible.

With technology evolving at an alarming rate, how can anyone be sure they are protected? There’s certainly something to be said for the philosophy of “if you want something done right, do it yourself”. After all, who can protect you better than you can? Every day there is a new app, new device, new social media platform, all driving adults and children alike toward potential destruction with one wrong click. Parental controls have quickly become useless in the face of these ever-changing technological advancements, and yet, these devices still sit in our kids’ hands.

That's where basic cybersecurity comes in. By teaching kids and teens the basics of online safety and security, we're giving them the tools they need to navigate the online world with confidence. They'll learn how to protect their personal information, avoid phishing scams, and stay safe from online predators. And as they grow older, they'll be better equipped to handle the more complex threats that come with adulthood.

It isn’t just about keeping the kids safe anymore though, it is more about empowering them. By teaching them about cybersecurity, we're giving them a valuable skillset that they can carry with them throughout their lives. Whether they end up working in tech, finance, or any other industry, they'll have a fundamental understanding of cybersecurity that will serve them, and their employers, well.

So, if you're a parent, a teacher, or just someone who cares about your kid’s online safety, I urge you to consider the importance of teaching basic cybersecurity from a young age. It might not be the most exciting topic, but it's one that can have a profound impact on the future of our society. And who knows, you might just inspire the next generation of cybersecurity experts!

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