Whether it’s in the classroom under normal conditions, or at home in the middle of a pandemic, kids need to keep learning. And their education should include a little cybersecurity.
Ever since the Covid-19 coronavirus forced school closures around the world, parents have been tasked with meeting their children’s educational requirements in a different way while still keeping them on the right track. And a number of educators, nonprofits and industry groups have stepped up to offer support in the form of remotely accessible resources.
These include all of the fundamentals you’d expect, such as reading, writing, arithmetic and … ethical hacking?
Cybersecurity Resources for Kids
That’s right. As the school and home converge for our kids, two cybersecurity experts — Jonathan Slater and Lorna Armitage — have recognized an opportunity to spread cybersecurity knowledge to a younger crowd. Their virtual cyber school project, the Academy of Cybersecurity, has been running daily livestreams since late March. Topics include online safety, coding basics, ethical hacking and general tech topics.
Their goal is to spark interest in young minds while teaching valuable life skills.
And they’re not alone.
The U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) offers up “Cyber Quests” — “a series of fun but challenging on-line competitions allowing participants to demonstrate their knowledge in a variety of information security realms” – mostly geared toward high schoolers and college students.
Why It’s Important to Start Early
These initiatives might sound strange, given that even adults can struggle with cybersecurity concepts. But in many ways, it makes all the sense in the world.
Today’s kids are growing up in a time when cybersecurity is becoming as important as physical security. They’re going to need the tools to keep them safe.
Moreover, the gap between supply and demand for cybersecurity talent continues to widen. One reason for this growing disparity is disinterest among students, most of whom have had little exposure to the discipline. Some early exposure to security concepts, in a fun and engaging online setting, could generate excitement and point more high school graduates toward cybersecurity tracks as they continue their education elsewhere.
Eventually, we hope that, as adults, a growing number of energized would-be security experts will find their way to the Lunarline School of Cybersecurity. Lunarline is a leading educator in the cybersecurity field, and we have online courses built around the needs of professionals and non-professionals alike.
If you’re looking to brush up your cyber skills during the COVID-19 pandemic, contact us today to learn more.