May 24, 2005 -- Most kids know more about computers and the internet than their parents and teachers, but many aren’t being taught how to make ethical decisions while using the latest technology. Just because they can do it, doesn’t mean they should do it.
“ Do you have any idea what they are doing on that computer upstairs? They could be chatting with bad guys, exploring sites on the internet they really shouldn't visit, or unknowingly blogging personal information for identity thieves to fin... ”
Based on Winn Schwartau’s critically acclaimed book, "Internet & Computer Ethics for Kids", a new web-based ethics course raises the awareness of what kids are capable of and what they are doing when parents and teachers aren’t monitoring their computer use.
“Don’t let your kids have uncontrolled access to the internet,” Schwartau said. “Do you have any idea what they are doing on that computer upstairs? They could be chatting with bad guys, exploring sites on the internet they really shouldn't visit, or unknowingly blogging personal information for identity thieves to find.”
Schwartau’s book has been hailed by computer security experts as “the best security book ever written” and a “timely solution for a rapidly growing problem today.” The one-hour online course and subsequent quiz follow the same guidelines as the book: “Internet and Computer Ethics for Kids” is not a rule book or Bible of behavior; it merely asks that you think before you act. Consider the consequences to you, your friends, family, co-workers or superiors and yes, even your country. They may not always be so obvious.
"While this book has been written for students in grades 7-12, it has also been designed to promote meaningful discussion between students, teachers and parents,” said Bob Bales, Founder and former President of The National Computer Security Association.
The ethics course is part of the security awareness series of online training by Schwartau’s Security Awareness Company, Interpact, Inc. Individual courses can be bought immediately for $3.00. Deep discounts are available for education
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, corporate and government enterprises by contacting Jackie Baumann at (941) 894-6839. To access the course, visit: http://www.trustedlearning.com and search “Trusted Courses”. The course can be directly found by clicking this address: http://www.trustedlearning.com/site/public_school/SecAware. Information will also be posted on the award-winning Security Awareness blog: http://securityawareness.blogspot.com.
Other courses available in the series include: Security Awareness 101, Email Safety at Home and Work, ID Theft, Social Engineering at Home and Work, Virus Protection at Home and Work, Spyware, and Why Security Awareness.
Founded by Winn Schwartau, Interpact Inc., offers a range of information security services for today's organizations, both government and commercial. Interpact assists in securing, protecting and maintaining information technology systems and the integrity of client and proprietary resources. We focus on the people, not the technology. For more information on InterPact, please visit http://www.thesecurityawarenesscompany.com or call (727) 393-6600.