On April 25, the NGO “Smart Osvita” and CRDF Global opened access to a free online course on cybersecurity for schoolchildren.
Our experts and developers shared details about the course and answered teachers’ questions.
Cybersecurity expert Oleksiy Baranovskyi, recruited from CRDF Global, spoke about the importance of cybersecurity. He emphasized the relevance of this course for modern schoolchildren.
Child and family psychologist Svitlana Roiz spoke about the age-specific characteristics of children taken into account when creating. For example, the course has the character Smarty, who is a guide for children in grades 1-4. He is an authority for younger students. For older students, this approach no longer works. They trust the stories of their peers. Therefore, the course is filled with situations close to real ones that could happen to anyone. The psychologist also emphasized that she wanted to create the most comfortable environment to give children security and trust.
Also, the developers of the course talked about the intricacies of the course: features of registration, completion time, structure, and tasks of each block
The course contains information about direct security on the Internet and information about laws. The topic is relevant for teenagers — employment of minors. High school students often want financial independence from their parents. They can fall into the hands of scammers. This course will help you avoid potentially dangerous offers and remind you of the legally defined rights of children who want to get a job.
Course instructors Maryna Dashko and Liudmyla Bulygina told and showed how to use methodical guides for conducting lessons. There was also an interactive part. Female experts demonstrated various tasks from different levels and animated videos that students would work with. There was also a game part where teachers tried on the roles of students. They took the course at different levels, as children would do.
You can register for the course here.
The course “Basics of Cyber security for Schoolchildren” was developed by CRDF Global in Ukraine in cooperation with the NGO “Smart Osvita” and technical experts of the Technomatix company with the support of the US State Department (Office for the Coordination of Aid to Europe and Eurasia).