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What Ideas do You Have to Secure Today's Kids?

STH-EndUser-Module19-ProtectingYourKidsOnlineFolks, I'm pumped to be part of something new at RSA this year, an event focusing on how the security community can best reach out to and help secure today's kids. I'll be part of a keynote panel with some absolutely amazing other folks to include Alicia Kozakiewicz (if you don't know who that is, stop reading this and take five minutes to read her story, its far more valuable then anything I can say here). In addition, RSA is hosting a series of other kid focused events called "I'm in R U". As someone who is not only passionate about community, but a father of three, I want to be sure we the security community make the absolute most of this opportunity. As such, if you have any ideas, suggestions or feedback on how our community can better reach out to and help secure today's kids, please email me at or post your ideas in the comments suggestions. Your feedback will be a big help in determining what I say at the panel. Thanks for making a difference!




Posted April 2, 2015 at 9:32 PM | Permalink | Reply


I wrote an article about this a few years ago. One of my top suggestions to parents was that computers that children use should be in a common area of the house, monitor visible, and the children should not be able to delete internet history. A common denominator among children exploited online is the computer was usually private in their bedroom.
That may not be a community solution, but it should ge part of community awareness. Infosar as community, I also think parents should communicate with each other and look out for each others kids, especially if they obtain knowledge of risk. If I catch my daughter doing something risky, and know a friend is involved as well, "minding my own business" could allow the other parent's child to stay at risk.
I'll see if I can dig up some of the research I used. I don't want to link to the actual article because I had a falling out with (make developed a visceral hatred for) the magazine and I don't want to direct any traffic to them.

Posted April 5, 2015 at 2:02 PM | Permalink | Reply


Thanks for sharing Jay! There is alot of interest in this field, glad to see you have so much passion.

Posted April 6, 2015 at 8:14 PM | Permalink | Reply


The Illinois Attorney General has a nice children's internet safety page. It includes safety tips for parents and kids, s well as links to webinars from the Illinois State Board of Education based on student ages.
Hope this helps.

Posted April 7, 2015 at 12:58 PM | Permalink | Reply


This is a great one, thanks for sharing. Another good one I like is A surprisingly good site even seeing as how it was .gov driven