Talking to Kids about Infosec Using Stories

computer_kidsSaw this cute post last week on how one infosec pro is explaining cybersecurity safety to his young girls with stories. What’s nice is that he relates it to what he does day to day at work too so you can kill two birds with one stone. The author provides three conversation starters, including how to spot the bad guys in cyber space, an analogy between locking your house and passwords, and a warning to be careful of who you trust on the Internet. From there it’s up to you to get creative … although depending on your inspiration I might not make these bedtime stories.

via Net-Security.org

As cybersecurity professionals, we know first-hand how the cyber world is filled with battles between good and evil. But do your kids know that? If you’re a parent, like me, chances are you’re concerned about your kids using the Internet.As they live digital lives, we need to become digital parents. You’d think that would come easily, given that we work in cybsersecurity, but I’m continually surprised to hear how many of my tech colleagues don’t talk about the dangers they see on their screens at work back at home with their kids. Instead, their strategy is a mixture of hope and worry. They hope something bad doesn’t happen to their kids – they don’t click on a bad link – and then they restrict their kids screen time.

Often they say their kids won’t understand since it’s hard enough to explain our jobs to most adults. I say it’s never too early to talk infosec with kids: you simply need the right story.

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Today’s post pic is from NSMontessori.org.

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