On November 21, Minsk hosted the first open consultation of teenagers and businesses, timed to coincide with the World Children’s Day.
During the conference, the invited schoolchildren were able to communicate with company leaders and outline their expectations from the business, talk about their vision of the ideal employer, express wishes and comments on existing services and products, and share their opinion on accessibility for people with disabilities.
The event was attended by heads and specialists of Kaspersky, UNICEF, MTS, DoubleTree by Hilton, Priorbank, 21st century. bu, as well as representatives of the Belarusian Association for Assistance to Disabled Children and Young Persons with Disabilities, the UNICEF Adolescent Advisory Council and UNICEF volunteers.
During the conference, representatives of each of the participating companies spoke about how business supports social initiatives, and also took part in an open discussion with guests. Thus, Dmitry Kudrevich, a representative of Kaspersky in Belarus, spoke about the company’s participation in social projects and the development of educational initiatives, and also highlighted the skills that are important to develop for future IT specialists. In addition, he drew the attention of teenagers to the fact that in the modern world it is important to remember about cybersecurity: both personal and at work. Among the basic rules: use complex passwords, update programs promptly, remember the importance of storing confidential data safely, create backups and install security solutions.
“Building a safer world is the mission of Kaspersky. We support social initiatives around the world, and also pay a lot of attention to educational programs. They help to develop in schoolchildren and students the qualities and skills that will help them adapt to the digital world, no matter what profession they choose. And it is important for us to receive feedback from participants in such projects. With UNICEF, we got another opportunity to have an open dialogue with teenagers,” said Dmitry Kudrevich, Kaspersky representative in Belarus.
“We want to establish a dialogue between young people and business, so that business representatives hear what worries the guys and take this into account in their work. It is especially important that businesses know and understand the problems of the most vulnerable children, children with disabilities, children left without a mother and father, refugee children,” said Rustam Khaydarov, UNICEF Representative in Belarus.
Useful free educational projects of Kaspersky for children and teenagers:
Kaspersky Safe Media
To help parents and children develop digital literacy, Kaspersky Lab has relaunched the kids.kaspersky.ru website. Its updated version is a modern cybersecurity media for different generations, where there are articles, interactives, tests, educational videos available in parent and child formats. Also on June 1, 2022, Kaspersky Lab launched the interactive mini-series “Mom, I will be a blogger!”. It consists of 10 episodes of 2-3 minutes each, which will be released until the end of 2022. Thanks to the series, together with the main character Mila, children will learn how to record vines safely, not fall for the bait of scammers and not run into haters, how to distinguish a phishing site from a real one, and why it is important to follow the rules of etiquette on the network.
“Lesson Numbers” for schoolchildren:
One of the large-scale initiatives in which Kaspersky annually takes part is the Digital Lesson. “Thanks to the Digital Lesson, schoolchildren from Russia and a number of countries, including Belarus, get acquainted with specialists from the largest IT companies, gain knowledge about cybersecurity and artificial intelligence using online simulators and educational materials, and thereby improve digital literacy. This initiative allows the company to talk about how to safely use the opportunities that the digital world opens up for them. Children and teens may experience theft of social media accounts or games, as well as scams using fake websites or emails. It is important to improve digital literacy so that there is an opportunity to independently master the virtual space.
For future information security specialists:
Kaspersky has launched a free course on the basics of development on KasperskyOS. The program is available on the Stepik educational platform. Training and certification based on the final exam is free. The purpose of the Development for KasperskyOS course is to introduce developers to the basics of creating applications with “native” protection against most threats. The course is suitable for anyone who has basic skills in developing application software in C or C ++.