McAfee has launched its Online Safety for Kids programme in the UK. Already a success in the US, the scheme aims to help children understand how to stay safe online.
A recent McAfee survey highlighting the need for more information around online safety revealed only 45 per cent of parents having had a serious conversation with their child before they started accessing the internet about what they should and shouldn’t be looking at online. On top of this, only 56 per cent of parents believe their child knows how to use the internet properly and confidently. It’s clear that there is a real need for education in this crucial area.
The Online Safety for Kids programme is made up of two projects designed to raise awareness of the potential risks and share knowledge about how to stay safe online. The first is an initiative where McAfee staff can volunteer to teach online safety courses at schools in the communities where employees live and work. This is supported by an online portal where schools, parents and kids can find helpful tips and information on safely navigating cyberspace
“Children are increasingly technology savvy, yet they are not always so savvy when it comes to recognising risk,” explained Gert-Jan Schenk president of Europe, Middle East and Africa at McAfee. “The Online Safety for Kids programme allows our employees to use their expertise for the benefit of their local communities, and ultimately ensure that young people understand the risks involved with surfing the web.”