On Tuesday 5 February, CRANIUM experts will visit schools to advise nearly 1000 children and young people about the dangers of reckless behaviour on the internet.
Safer Internet Day (SID)
Safer Internet Day is an annual global event organised by the European Commission. On average, European children go online for the first time at the age of seven. Due to the very rapid pace of development, it is important to pay attention to news updates in order to provide pupils with the best and safest possible guidance in our rapidly changing society. Safer Internet Day has quickly transcended the borders of Europe and is already being celebrated in more than 110 countries.
Nearly 1000 children and young people are raising awareness with PaSMaN
On Tuesday 5 February, CRANIUM’s Privacy & Security Experts voluntarily travelled to 15 schools, to raise awareness among children and young people. To this end, they have developed PaSMaN (Privacy & Security Man) and focus on the very youngest internet users. This cartoon character will teach children how to deal with the dangers posed by the internet: How to deal with friendship requests? How to recognize a safe website? How to choose a suitable password?
On Safer Internet Day, children from the second to the third year of primary school get the chance to participate in PaSMaN workshops. These workshops contain hands-on examples, tips and tricks that can be used everyday. After the workshop, the children obtain a backpack full of knowledge and skills, so that they can safely access the internet with their smartphone, tablet or laptop.
Parents and teachers support in their internet education
Parents and teachers have experienced growing up in different times and have limited knowledge about the internet and its applications. Even for experienced parents and teachers, it is not easy to correctly assess the dangers of the Internet. PaSMaN wants to teach children about Privacy and Safety in an engaging way and thus support the parents and teachers in their internet education.
‘Privacy and respect for the personal data of yourself and others are important pillars of fun, safe and responsible internet usage. Child Focus therefore certainly welcomes initiatives such as PaSMaN, in which privacy specialists make their expertise available to children and young people.’