Allstate expanding cyber safety programme for kids aged 8-9

  • Allstate is inviting schools to take part in its Cyber Safety for Kids interactive learning programme that teaches kids aged 8-9 how to stay safe online.

    Cyber-security is usually thought of in terms of companies protecting their databases from global cyber threats or adults protecting their home PCs from hackers who want to steal bank details and passwords, but safety online is a topic everyone should be aware of. Young children are using the internet competently from a very young age, but they may not recognise the threats out there.

    Allstate aims to change that with its Cyber Safety for Kids programme, an interactive experience designed specifically to teach children aged 8-9 how to stay safe online. Similar schemes supported by Allstate have successfully taught schoolkids aged 13-14 more advanced cyber-security skills, helping them stay safe and sparking an interest in cyber-security at an early age.

    The Cyber Safety for Kids programme started in March 2018 with interactive sessions in Belfast's Blackmountain Primary School, and has expanded significantly since then. The scheme includes an interactive training programme for kids and help for parents and teachers, and is projected to have supported over 5,000 students across the world by the end of the year.

    Feedback from previous schools that have run the scheme has been overwhelmingly positive, with 100% of schools agreeing that the pupils have learned something valuable about internet safety and that they would recommend it to other schools. The scheme has achieved an overall feedback rating of 4.85 out of 5.

    Schools seeking to participate in the scheme should head over to https://www.allstate.com/cybersafetyforkids.aspx for more information or send an email to AllstateCyberSafetyNI@allstate.com expressing your interest in bringing the experience to your school.

    Source: Written based on Press Release

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