Girl Scouts Join National Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign
August 21, 2012
The Girl Scouts of the USA will announce a partnership with the U. S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and join the Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign’s National Network. The official announcement will take place August 22 at the Government Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (GFIRST) Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
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DHS Deputy Assistant Secretary Roberta Stempfley and Marilyn Midyette, CEO of Girls Scouts of Greater Atlanta, will announce the new partnership with Girl Scouts from the local council, who will participate in an interactive discussion on online safety during the event.
The Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign is a national public awareness effort among government, industry, and non-profits designed to guide the nation to a higher level of Internet security by educating and empowering the American public to be more vigilant about practicing safe online habits. Current National Network members include Boys and Girls Clubs, YWCA USA, 4-H, and many more.
The campaign will provide Girl Scouts with tools and resources to help raise awareness among kids, teens and young adults about emerging online threats and the importance of cybersecurity. This partnership builds on the campaign’s efforts to highlight curriculum resources available to communities as well as to promote cybersecurity awareness to millions of girls engaged in Girl Scouting.
While the Internet is a great place to learn and play, kids – and particularly young women – can easily become victims of cyber bullies, cyber predators, and other online criminals if they do not first stop, then think about what they are doing, and finally connect over the Internet in a careful way.
Through this relationship, the Girl Scouts of the USA will advocate and promote cybersecurity awareness across the country. As leaders in their communities, Girl Scout councils are encouraged to share the DHS Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign Materials and Toolkit with their staff, volunteers, and girls to educate them on the importance of staying safe online.
Girl Scouts of the USA will be sharing additional information on the For Girls site on GirlScouts.org. For more information on Stop.Think.Connect. programs and opportunities, visit www.dhs.gov/stopthinkconnect.