SINGAPORE – About 100,000 students will learn safe cyber habits through an upcoming program to be implemented in secondary schools here.
Titled Surf Safe Campaign, the program is an initiative of the non-profit organization Cyber Youth Singapore.
The organization has partnered with cyber protection firm Acronis for the program, with the two parties signing a memorandum of understanding on Monday (January 17).
The program is expected to last three years and engage around 50,000 students in the first two years.
It aims to educate students on issues such as cyberbullying, the importance of safe Internet surfing, and having a strong password.
The program will be implemented in schools by Cyber Youth Singapore and will be tailored to each school, depending on their learning needs and goals.
The Surf Safe campaign is supported by the Digital for Life movement, which aims to equip Singaporeans with digital skills and bridge the digital divide.
The national movement fund – to support activities that promote good digital habits such as in the areas of cybersecurity and media literacy – was set up by the Infocomm Media Development Authority in February last year.
Mr. Xavier Low, Managing Director of Cyber Youth Academy, a division of Cyber Youth Singapore, said on Monday that the Surf Safe campaign will be implemented in schools from late February and early March.
In addition to lectures, the program will include activities and games for students available on kiosks in schools.
Mr Low said volunteers, mainly from polytechnics, will also engage students to determine if there are any gaps in their understanding of the content being taught.
“We will be able to identify the flaws (in the program), make the changes and come back next year… to better increase the level of engagement and understanding (with the students),” he said. he adds.
Mr Low said the program could be extended after its third year and cover other vulnerable groups in the community such as the elderly and low-income families.
According to a study published in February last year by tech giant Google, more children here faced cyber risks in 2020 than in 2019.