As our students venture more into the cyberspace, both at home and at school, Sunnyvale School District gets help from McAfee’s employees to share age-appropriate internet safety tips with students across the district.
McAfee is an Intel Company whose security solutions and services strive to protect their customers from computer viruses and keep their data safe. Through the McAfee Cares program, McAfee supports its employees to volunteer in their communities. One such volunteer activity is presenting assemblies in schools, teaching children about the dangers of cybercrime, and how to be safe on the internet. They offer different presentations for elementary, middle, and high school students. At the end of the assembly, every student receives a Certificate of Completion, which serves as a reminder of what they learned from the presentation and helps them act as a responsible cyber citizen. On the back of the certificate is an Internet Safety Pledge which students and their parents can sign. This pledge asks students to promise to “stop and think if someone asks for [their] name, address, password or other personal information and that [they] will never share it without permission from a parent or guardian.”
McAfee volunteers came to an Instruction Leadership Team meeting in March 2013, attended by all school principals and most district administrators, and presented information about their programs. Lakewood students attended their McAfee presentation on October 10, 2013. Scheduling is coordinated between each school’s principal and McAfee.
Article by Nina Wong-Dobkin