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RSA Conference to launch children's online safety initiative

Abu Dhabi conference will see launch of regional RSAC CyberSafety: Kids initiative

The goal of the initiative is to educate children on how to safely use the Internet, says Toms.
The goal of the initiative is to educate children on how to safely use the Internet, says Toms.

The RSA Conference, will launch a regional campaign to promote online safety for children.

The RSAC CyberSafety: Kids initiative, which will be launched at the RSA Conference in Abu Dhabi, is intended to create awareness around the risks that children face when they are using today's digital tools such as the web, social media and mobile applications, as well as to educate conference attendees on ways they can help ensure their family's safety online.

Over the course of two days, RSA Conference Abu Dhabi will showcase a RSAC CyberSafety: Kids exhibit that will share tools and techniques that will arm parents with the steps they can take to train children to navigate the online applications, smartly and safely. The program is being run in conjunction with the (ISC)² Foundation and Microsoft, where each organisation will have kiosks located in the exhibit.

The issue of cybersafety among children in the region is one of extreme importance, RSAC said. A report published by ICDL GCC Foundation found that while 95% of students in the UAE were active online, 86% were unsure of how to respond when victimised in the cyberworld. The survey also revealed that only 42% of students were willing to speak to their parents about threats encountered online. This further stresses the need for adults to be well-equipped on how to assist their children to responsibly use digital tools such as social media and mobile applications.

"In a world where more of the younger generation are online, it's important that they receive adequate protection," said Sandra Toms, vice president and curator, RSA Conference. "With the regional launch of the RSA CyberSafety: Kids initiative, our goal is not to cut kids off from technology, but instead educate and mentor them on how to leverage the Internet safely and securely."

Paul Nicholas, senior director, Trustworthy Computing, Microsoft added: "At Microsoft, our goal is to develop a more trusted Internet that the next generation can use safely to live, work and play. By supporting RSA Conference CyberSafety: Kids Initiative, we strive to educate and provide guidance and training to help children stay safe online."

RSA Conference will also be providing useful giveaways that include a privacy sticker that can be placed over the camera of any laptop or computer to prevent the user from being seen by online predators. In addition, laminated cards with handy tips and tricks, will be given out to help parents proactively educate and have conversations on cybersecurity with children.

Patrick Craven, co-director, (ISC)² Foundation said: "It's critical for those in our industry to work together to help society understand how digital innovation is changing the ways in which we interact online; especially one of the most vulnerable groups of digital users - children.  We support RSAC CyberSafety: Kids because it reinforces our vision to make the cyber world a safer place for everyone."

The RSAC CyberSafety: Kids exhibit is being showcased at RSA Conference 2015 Abu Dhabi from November 4th and 5th at Emirates Palace Hotel.