What you don’t learn at school
I spent around three years working as a spam analyst before leaving for the gaming industry to work as a game designer. However, after a while, I returned to Kaspersky when my former colleague invited me to become the company’s voice on child safety online. The topic didn’t enjoy broad coverage at the time, so we hit a nerve, creating a highly successful project.
As it turned out, while carefully protected from threats in the real world, today’s children are virtually defenseless online. We try to avoid letting our children outside on their own, but they wander around the web without any control whatsoever.
The consequences could be devastating.
I visited schools and gave lectures on online safety. I could see that the topic was very relevant to schoolchildren. Some were too shy to ask something in public and waited until the end of the lecture to approach me individually. They often wondered about the mechanics of Steam accounts and explicit photos and videos.
Some wanted to know what could be done if they’d already sent such an item. That is, they’d already faced such situations, and no one had talked to them about it!
Unfortunately, our society often stigmatizes such issues, but it’s vital to address them.