Taking digital security advice to Singapore’s children

This month at JustAskGemalto.com we are focusing on helping parents and children have the safest surfing experience.

As part of this drive we have turned our attention to Singapore, one of the most connected places in the world. Singaporeans get online young, as 96 per cent of children aged 7 to 14 have accessed the Internet at least once in 12 months according to a recent survey. This is why we have decided to partner with the country’s National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) on an important initiative to educate elementary school children on the potential dangers online and how best to protect themselves.

The initiative is based around an online educational game known as Cyberonia which helps 11 year old children and their parents learn about cyber-security while playing online. Through Cyberonia they will be taught about aspects of online life such as cyber-bullying, safe social networking and gaming. This hands-on approach will help them identify potential risks and give them safety tips.

While many children are very tech-savvy and often teach their parents about computer usage, a survey of 1500 students’ online habits run by the NCPC in 2008 highlighted some worrying trends. It found that 50% of them accepted strangers as friends on social networks while 25% admitted to having suffered from cyber-bulling.
Cyberonia went live on April 8, 2011 and is targeted at all 11 year old students in Singapore or a total of 60,000 children. It has been supported by a promotional campaign in schools and every pupil will receive an informational brochure. The game consists of a virtual world where children get hands-on experience at tackling online risks with minimal supervision from teachers as this best replicates the surfing environment. The learning solution promotes the 5Es: Engagement, Exploration, Explanation, Elaboration and Evaluation. The game aims to engage learners to excite them to think and explore, thus establishing enduring understanding.

We are proud to support this initiative and feel it reflects the spirit of JustAskGemalto.com; education and information can give all of us a massive amount of protection in the online and mobile world.

To see the initiative visit – http://ncpc.cyberonia.org.sg

For more information on children’s online safety see our recent focus: Internet Safety for Families

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