Educators Lack Training; Don’t Teach Online Safety


“Virtually all young people are using online Internet technology in some way, shape or form” says Michael Kaiser, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) “but we still see a lack of cohesion and disconnect in schools about what they should be doing,” In the 21st century, these topics are as important as reading, writing and math.”

Kaiser’s comments come on the heels of the release of a new survey by the NCSA, a non-profit group that works with Homeland Security to promote computer security awareness.

As USA Today’s Mary Beth Markelin summed it up, the survey found that “America’s K-12 teachers are ill-prepared to educate students on the basics of online safety, security and ethics, and more than a third of teachers receive no training in cybersecurity issues.”

Sponsored by Microsoft, the Alliance has created the infographic seen here to help consumers easily digest the survey results, but here are a few worth highlighting.

Learn more on the NCSA’s website, www.staysafeonline.org and stay tuned for more information about how the LOOKBOTHWAYS Foundation’s NetSkills4Life curriculum (available free of charge to schools and families this fall) will make a significant step forward in addressing school’s internet safety, security, privacy and citizenship needs.

Linda

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