European Cybersecurity Month is the European Union’s annual campaign dedicated to promoting cybersecurity among EU citizens and organizations, and providing up-to-date information on online security by raising awareness and sharing best practices. Each year, throughout the month of October, hundreds of activities take place across Europe, including conferences, workshops, training, webinars, presentations and more to promote digital security and cyber hygiene.
We joined this campaign by letting you know about the measures that are already in place at The American School of Las Palmas. These measures promote digital security and instill good practices.
For several years now, our 6th grade students carry out a project during the first months of the academic year focused on Digital Citizenship and Security. In this project, students research information about everything involved in being a digital citizen and the risks to which they are exposed. Students learn that good digital citizenship encompasses 8 main areas.
Most cybersecurity experts recognize the complexity of cybersecurity and that is why, starting this year, we will be working on cybersecurity-related conceptsfrom 5th to 10th grade to help students develop critical thinking skills and habits to deal with the dilemmas they face when using the Internet.
The cybersecurity program implemented this year, will work on the following topics by grade:
6th grade will add the topics of Phishing and Chatting Online to their Digital Citizenship and Safety project.
With these new topics and learning, we intend for our students to become more aware of the implications of surfing the Internet and of having a digital identity. They will use good practices and critical thinking throughout their digital lives – skills that everyone needs!