Today’s preschoolers do not need the meaning of «Okay, Google» explained to them or to be told how to find their favorite cartoon on YouTube. The ability to find information on the internet does not mean, however, that children have all the necessary skills to navigate virtual or online spaces. Just as in real life, you need to guide and carefully protect your little ones on how best to safely use the internet. To that end, our company has a long history of supporting social and content projects to raise awareness among parents and children of all ages. Are you wondering if cybersecurity is too complicated a subject for a child to understand? Check out how we teach children about it at Kaspersky.
Kasper, Sky and the Green Bear
An animation, a book and even a theater performance — check out our European cybersecurity guide in English
Kasper likes playing soccer and computer games, and his friend Sky enjoys dancing and listening to music. From time to time, they get into trouble. On one occasion, Kasper failed to pass Level 10 in a game and a classmate started bullying him online and at school. It’s a good thing Sky was on his side. When her knowledge is not enough, they have a green teddy bear to help them. The bear has an unusual name — Midori Kuma — and comes from Japan.
Nine-year-old Kasper and his friend Sky are the characters of an English-language animated series. Since they act just like regular schoolchildren, they can educate viewers about safety online in a relatable way.
Kasper, Sky, and Kuma the Bear have become so popular that they are now traveling the world. For instance, you can meet them in a Serbian book (if you speak Serbian, you can find it here). In Spain, you can see them in an educational puppet show featuring the famous opera singer Lucrezia Borgia. Meanwhile, in Romania, our Green Bear even visits shopping malls to read books about online safety to children.
Our bear offers support in difficult situations and gives useful advice about online behavior. For example, when Kasper was about to show his login and password to another boy, Kuma changed his color to red — as he always does when sensing danger.
How to behave online: Midori Kuma’s advice
- You must be the only person who knows the passwords to your mailbox and social network or gaming accounts. Don’t show them to anyone, not even your friends — otherwise, other people will get access to your accounts.
- Naturally, you like chatting online. However, you must never talk to strangers because they could be fraudsters. It’s better to spend more time with your real-life friends!
- People you meet online may start asking questions about your life, such as what school you go to, where you live, and what your phone number is. Never share these details in chats because you don’t know who is hiding behind the screen. Even if you know the user, a fraudster could have hacked their account.
- If someone mistreats you on the internet, let your parents know as soon as possible and they will certainly help you. Keep in mind that no one has the right to mistreat others, either online or offline.
- Be polite and behave. You should treat others on the internet as you would treat them offline and how you would like to be treated. Avoid doing things that could offend others because everyone, including yourself, deserves respect. Good luck!
Put your oxygen
mask on first
If you have a few gaps in your cybersecurity knowledge, visit our relevant portal — education.kaspersky.com. It is our way of trying to make cybersecurity knowledge accessible to everyone. We present the information in short videos through online courses — there is even a specialized course for gamers. These videos can teach you how to protect your personal data and valuable information on your devices and online.
Each lesson features real-life cases, rather than hypothetical situations. After studying a topic, you can take a test to put a certificate on your wall and feel proud of yourself.
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