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Cyber Security in Youth Education

Youth workers and educators can bring a Cyber Security concept closer to young people by educating them from the base.

Working is is the main way to be inside social life to develop yourself as an individual: you learn, have relationships out of your daily environment. It let you get in touch with the real world and earn money for a living.

Your boss will be demanding  of you: be at time and he wants to make a good job. In return, you should receive a fair and regular salary. He should arrange the workplace in order you can do your task in a safe way, (suitable outfit, a neat and illuminated workplace .

National laws regulate all these things Anyway, you should know there are are minimum rights  at work protected by international laws, by international treaties. 



A growing problem of cyber security

The speed at which we get access to online information is unprecedented. It is claimed to be prejudicial, though only some aspects, and cyber security is one of them, actually are. The term “cyber security” used to be rarely heard on the streets and only related to global issues or regulations. However, nowadays, this concept becomes closer to everybody than ever. The EU member states are working out strategies to ensure cyber security at various levels; still, youth workers and educators should address this issue from an educational perspective.

The life of young people is connected more and more with virtual worlds, the cyberspace and online platforms, which makes digital literacy fundamental for the youth to use internet wisely and safely.  Young people should have definite competences to be able to manage their own security on the Internet as well as evaluate the sources and know how to introduce themselves on the internet or develop a responsible Internet conversation.

Smart recommendations

Here you have pieces of advice that youth workers should bear in mind when designing educational programmes targeting young people:

 (1) young people should have knowledge on how to respond effectively to cyber-attacks

 (2) youth workers need to act as good role models and express clearly their disapproval of non-ethic Internet behavior, f.e. cyber-bullying;

(3) there should be created safe spaces for young people to explore their attitude and to stay safe online


 (4) youth workers should understand the importance of managing data in a secure way and have in mind that although some young people are technically skilled, they might be

(5)  awareness raising programmes should be promoted (including such topics as legal consequences and risks of prosecution, damaging effects of digital reputation, etc.) by various actors on national and international level.

Gasser, Morrie (1988). Building a Secure Computer System (PDF). Van Nostrand Reinhold. p. 3. ISBN 0-442-23022-2. Retrieved 6 September 2015.

Rouse, Margaret. "Social engineering definition". TechTarget. Retrieved 6 September 2015.


Written by Eurodesk Qualified Multiplier, Open Europe

Útgefið efni: Mán, 02/10/2017 - 10:19

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