The President of the Valencian Regional Government has announced, ProtegiTs project, an initiative that began with an S2 Grupo proposal to the Valencian Government. The projects aims is teach children (aged between 9 and 16 years) how to use the Internet safely.
The Regional Government took an early interest and this enabled S2 to greatly expand the scope and momentum of the project and reach the largest possible number of children, ProtegITs has been, providing it with greater means to reach the greatest number of children as possible. ProtegITs has been wholeheartdly supportted by the Bancaja Foundation and Consum Cooperative, as well as other Spanish and multinational companies.
ProtegITs has three basic elements: an informative web page, the juvenile training school for use in schools, and an Internet Protection Kit for children.
In an interactive classroom, children experience in a controlled environment the threats that an ‘evil’ hacker may pose; learn to take precautions; and study concepts such as information security in an ionteresting way. These courses are also being adapted for secondary schools. In the pilots programs, children learn how to enjoy the educational opportunities of the net while avoiding the risks.
The ProtegITs Kit consists of a browser plugin, and ProtegiTs Application, an application that monitors Internet access and, notifies parents of riks, while offering privacy for the child. The project is designed to encourage communication between children and parents.
As the project develops we are confident that it will help make using the Internet a positive experience for children.