After spending a part of her sophomore 12 months utilizing Zoom to do her University High coursework, Kayley Chan realised the significance of being safe on-line.
She didn’t have a foul on-line expertise herself, however she did take a cybersecurity course in which she discovered all about the risks posed malware and phishing, together with the significance of defending her identification and securing passwords. So Chan, now a 16-year-old junior, determined that such info needs to be made out there to elementary faculty college students who didn’t but have the similar laptop savvy.
“I feel like with the pandemic, everything has moved online,” Chan stated. “And the younger students don’t know how to use the computer as well, and don’t know about the dangers.”
A Girl Scout, and member of South Irvine Service Troop 1967, Chan additionally was on the lookout for a venture to assist her earn the Gold Star, the highest award in Girl Scouting. So she determined to create a program to show youthful college students about cyber threats and find out how to be secure. She known as it CyberSafetyFirst.
The on-line course contains examples of varied threats, in addition to their definitions and find out how to defend your self if they seem. By final summer time, about 250 college students had participated in Chan’s course.
“I give them the type of malware, viruses worms and Trojan horses; and I give them the definition for what that means,” she stated. “Then I tell them about anti-virus software and firewalls to scan for it.”
Before she went reside with the class she examined her curriculum on her youthful brother, then 12, a cousin, 9 and a few of their mates.
The check group appeared , so Chan moved ahead.
“I knew I was going to keep the workshop going and I just needed to get more students,” she stated.
So, with assist from Nga Le, who first taught Chan about cybersecurity and who now teaches a science and engineering class at South Lake Middle School in Irvine, Chan developed a curriculum that’s applicable for youthful college students. Le additionally evaluated Chan’s presentation.
Once Chan was up and operating, Le related her with different center faculty lecturers. Chan then posted fliers about her workshop on the mother and father’ messaging board for 2 Irvine elementary colleges.
“I am very proud of Kayley for introducing cybersecurity to young students,” Le stated by electronic mail. “It is never too early to learn how to be safe and protect personal information while using electronic devices such as computers, phones, and game consoles.”
With assist from one other good friend, Lena Pham, a 17-year-old Corona del Mar High School pupil, Chan placed on the first program a 12 months in the past. That first group was so that after Chan completed her final slide on the Zoom name, she stated a few of the college students didn’t wish to log out.
“A few really stood out and asked questions,” she stated. “That was so fun.”
So far, the program has been successful. As a part of the necessities for the Gold Star, Chan additionally created a survey that college students took earlier than and after the workshop to see what they discovered.
“Reading the feedback, everyone said it really helped them to know how to be more safe,” she stated. “I think I did make a difference.”
Her final workshop was final summer time. With extra finding out hours now that she’s a junior, she hasn’t had the time to dedicate to it however want to maintain it going.
Diana Sundell, the Girl Scout’s liaison for the Gold Star, was immediately impressed with Chan’s ardour for the venture. She additionally stated that the venture’s sustainability is vital.
“She was very knowledgeable, passionate and had strong research, Sundell said. “In the end, she actually went back and added some components to make it better.”
Sundell stated that such tasks usually change into a stepping stone for school and future profession pursuits.
While Chan is taking a pc science class this 12 months, she’s unsure but that cybersecurity will probably be in her future, although she does have an curiosity in “anything that has to do with technology.”
Chan earned her Gold Star in December 2020. She additionally plans to maintain up with Girl Scouts — shifting to an envoy position.
“I like that they help the community with people who have the same interest,” she stated. I’ve been in the similar troop since Kindergarten.” – The Orange County Register/Tribune News Service