According to founder Ben Halpert, most safety education is
focused on elementary to high school pupils, but it needs to start sooner
because children these days start interacting with technology as toddlers.
"Five years old and younger is really the key point in
a child's life," he said. "What you teach them there becomes
ingrained in their minds, so it becomes more of a reflex."
Halpert said there is an opportunity to raise a generation
to understand online safety, security, ethics and appropriate responses to
bullying. October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, which serves as a reason
to introduce the website and materials to peers and preschools.
He's also produced picture books for parents to read to
children that provide strategies for safety. The books feature two children who
teach each other.
"The kids create an online identity as a superhero, and
they use that online identity to protect them," Halpert explained.
"So, if anyone ever asks them 'What's your name?', 'Where do you live?' as
they grow up, they learn to respond only with their superhero identity that
can't be traced back to them."
The books are available for purchase at Amazon.com, with
editions in Spanish, French and German offered starting today.
The relevant websites are SavvyCyberKids.org and