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RE: Security Awareness
From: Murad Talukdar <talukdar_m () subway com>
Date: Tue, 18 Jul 2006 08:52:31 +1000

Had a recent issue whereby my daughter's friend's decided to meet up with
two guys that they'd met on MSN. Of course, the girls' parents didn't know
but I found out through my daughter during one of those off the cuff
conversations.
I discussed this with my daughter and asked her an all important question,
"How do you know who someone is when you chat online?" "Oh they said their
names were Alex and Bob etc etc, therefore...and they sent photos, etc etc."

Now I'm possibly the last person in the world to think that anything you
hear on 60 Minutes etc is true and not hyped up('The Internet will abduct
your children etc etc) but I do like to empower my kids to make assessments
on risk before acting. I would also like to help them develop some 'street
smarts'(this is easier when you live where I live!). This is better than
frightening them or preventing the from doing anything-I feel.

The upshot of the meeting that my daughter's friends had was that they two
boys were legit and were actually twelve years old-having said that I have
seen some of the things that children of that age discuss online-just
catching glimpses over shoulders in the library confirms that they know a
lot more than their parents give them credit for. Whether that knowledge
correlates to wisdom and discernment is another question.

A good book when it comes to helping kids developing self awareness is by
Claude Steiner called the Warm Fuzzies. Helps to give them ideas as to what
feels good and what feels not good and to trust their instincts. Great for
younger kids.

As for the more technical side of things, I'd definitely highlight things
like popups and to beware of things that say they are free-also to not to
give away any real information on the net unless an adult is around to
check(hopefully a tech savvy one!)

Regards
Murad Talukdar
-----Original Message-----
From: razk () smarteam com [mailto:razk () smarteam com] 
Sent: Monday, July 17, 2006 12:22 AM
To: security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: Security Awareness

Hello

As part of a voluntary act, I would like to give lectures on security
awareness to kids between the ages of 7-14

Could you please provide me some starting points of the major issues I
should present to them?

This should be VERY basic stuff due to their ages.

Thank you.

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