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Mount Zee Litera, Tirupur Officially Launches Safe Teens Online Club in Tamil Nadu

In a glittering ceremony attended by middle and upper schoolers, their parents, well wishers and educators, Mount Zee Litera School officially launched their chapter of the Safe Teens Online club. Under the guidance of Mr. Sankaran, Principal, Correspondent Mr. CK Govindaraj, and Safe Teens Online Coordinator Ms. Zeenath Nazhreen, Student Ambassadors from 9th to 12th standard took their oaths of office, promising to uphold the highest standards of care, kindness and sharing as they spearheaded cyber safety related discussions among their peers under the auspices of the Safe Teens Online umbrella. 

Students’ creativity took centerstage as the audience, both in person and virtual was regaled with a mime show that revealed their interpretation of how cyber safety incidents might transpire. Safe Teens Online Founder Ms. Rajani Veeramachaneni, Global President Meghna “Chili” Pramoda and Advisor Ms. Krupa Srinivas were in attendance as they each shared their reasons for continued volunteering with Safe Teens Online. Chili specifically shared the story behind a secret instagram account she’d created and how it paved the way to think about risks behind a seemingly mindless and entertaining activity of swiping… 

As the Mount Zee Litera School in Tirupur moves forward with the Safe Teens Online curriculum, we are eager to see how students in this school apply their creativity in echoing the message of online safety to peers around the world.

– Safe Teens Online

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The Baldwin School of Puerto Rico – Safe Teens Online Partnership Announcement

Safe Teens Online is pleased to invite our newest addition to the STO family, Baldwin School of Puerto Rico, to the global effort on educating teens on cyber safety related risks and preventions. 

As our first Puerto Rican school, Baldwin School of Puerto Rico brings together hundreds of talented students in a resource rich learning environment. As an IB (international baccalaureate) school, Baldwin School prizes initiative and hard work with faculty and learners. The Baldwin  community fosters international mindedness and accomplishments in the arts, service, and athletics. 

The COVID pand犀利士 emic didn’t just casually bump into the human population in early March of 2020, it came at us like a raging, category 5 hurricane. People were helpless in havoc all around. Radical change had become the new norm. Overnight, schools switched entirely online.

It was definitely difficult for everyone to adapt. Everyone had to learn to navigate through their new environments and learn what was safe and healthy for them versus what was not. Of course, making this change came with some immense risks. 

With Safe Teens Online, students will become familiar with changes in the technology landscape through project-based learning and activities. They will have their peers educate them, and will have a sense of peer to peer community emphasized. They will have opportunities to share their unique perspectives with peers and bring the voice of the users to companies, government authorities, educators and other stakeholders around the world. 

We congratulate the Baldwin School of Puerto Rico for taking this massive leap forward in inviting their students in such important topics and leadership opportunities. Siona “Dolly” Pramoda is leading the initiative under the tutelage of Ms. Victoria Banks, Ms. Maite Goyco, and Ms. Zacha Ortiz. We are excited to be a part of the Baldwin digital education community and journey. 

– SafeTeens Online Community

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Mount Litera Zee School, India joins the SafeTeens Online family

Safe Teens Online is excited to invite our newest school partner, Mount Litera Zee School, Tiruppur, Tamil Nadu India to the global effort in educating teens on cyber safety related risks and opportunities. 

In 2020, as COVID ravaged the world, workplaces, schools, and almost every other congregation of people was forced to go find socially distanced methods to stay connected. That meant going 100% digital for a vast swath of the world. 

Our zoom game got sharper, our TV time, work time, school time and hanging out with friends an犀利士 d family time, all melded into one, even as our sense of physical space became restricted to the confines of home. Within that, a remarkable human spirit came through. Teachers found ways to stay connected to their students, engaging them with games, and a new set of daily digital homeroom rituals. Students discovered the best way to stay focused on schoolwork despite the ever-present distractions of being at home. 

All this newness also meant taking the occasional security breaches of online classroom / tools in stride. Some classrooms were hacked, inappropriate content was shown to students. Forgotten passwords took on a whole new meaning and magnitude.  In parallel, the world has seen an increase in social dissatisfaction, lack of trust and a clarion call to decentralization. Students will become familiar with changes in the technology landscape through project-based learning and activities. They will have opportunities to share their unique perspectives with peers and bring the voice of the users to companies, government authorities, educators and other stakeholders around the world. 

We congratulate the Mount Litera Zee School for their boldness and vision in inviting their students to engage in cutting edge topics and thought leadership. Mr. CKG Raj and Principal Shankaran, through able faculty advisor Ms. Zeenath Nazreen are leading the charge as they work closely with student leaders to roll out the program. We are excited to be part of the Zee Litera students’ digital education journey.

-Safe Teens Online team

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SafeTeensOnline ambassador on music and online security

Simon enjoys music and practices piano for several hours a day and also exploring how computer science can help environmental issues like the dead spots that are growing in the ocean. He believes Computer science may hold the key to saving the planet; by programming a protocell that could add oxygen to the ocean.

As a SafeTeensOnline ambassador Simon is focused on raising awareness on Internet safety and privacy to other teenagers by creating How to Videos on various topics that are relevant for his generation. Based on his personal experience associated security he is raising awareness on various security measures on online safety, so you won’t have to experience what he

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Cybersecurity in the age of Covid-19

To prevent Coronavirus spread most US schools and Universities shifted to virtual classes. This is the time criminals are capitalizing coronavirus scare and sending people emails to prey on people’s fears and open attachments. At Safeteens Online we would like to bring some of the best practices to safeguard Teens privacy and security. 

Best Practices for Home Computer Security

Defend yourself! Keep your identity secure/prevent identity theft.

When working at home on your computer, follow these best security practices, derived from the National Security Agency (NSA) datasheet “Best Practices for Keeping Your Home Network Secure.”

  • Turn on password feature, create separate accounts for each user, and have them

create their own passwords using a strong password creation method

  • Install all system security updates, patches, and keep your defenses up-to-date. 
  • Keep antivirus software up-to-date
  • Regularly scan files for viruses
  • Install spyware protection software
  • Turn on firewall protection
  • Require confirmation before installing mobile code
  • Change default logon ID and passwords for operating system and applications
  • Regularly back up and securely store your files
  • Beware of sudden flashing pop-ups that warn that your computer is infected with a

virus; this is a malicious code attack!