Tech major IBM (NYSE: IBM) has announced that in conjunction with Safer Internet Day, it will release free Internet safety training tools for students and have volunteers working to help raise awareness and educate students and businesses on Internet safety and digital responsibility.
Today, Feb. 7, IBM is unveiling three free volunteer kits to better educate students, parents and teachers on Internet safety:
Control Your Online Identity – A volunteer education kit, it is designed to help teenagers learn to protect personal data online and reputation online. This presentation and volunteer information helps students learn how to protect personal data and control how they present themselves online.
Internet Safety Coaching – Aimed at teachers or adults working with children, this is a general primer on Internet safety providing basic information about common Internet activities by young people including instant messaging and social networking. This kit is designed to raise awareness of Internet safety and how to have a meaningful and open dialogue with children on this topic.
Cyberbullying — Aimed at parents or adults who work with children, this activity helps adults learn about how young people use the Internet today and how to recognize cyberbullying symptoms, how to prevent online bullying from happening and how to intervene if it does happen.
“IBMers are committed to helping educate people on ways to safely and securely use the Internet,” said Harriet Pearson, IBM security counsel and chief privacy officer. “The resources we are donating will help teachers and parents raise awareness that most Internet-based threats to individual and computer security can significantly be reduced by actions that informed users take themselves.”
Since its inception in 2004, Safer Internet Day interest has grown to reach all five continents and almost 80 countries, from Canada to South Korea and Russia to Kenya, including all 27 countries of the European Union. The goal of the day is to help make the Internet a better place for children and young people.