CyberSafe Certification

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CyberSafe Certification

CanadaVancouver, Canada
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences. will provide videod-based information for BC youth to help them learn about the dangers of being digitally active.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Digital technologies enable users to communicate and exchange information through many channels. Youth use these new technologies. - 93% of teens use the Internet - 80% + are online at least once a week - 73% of teens have profiles on social networking sites - 75% of teens own a cell phone - 97% of teens play computer, web, portable, or console games. Digital technologies provide countless opportunities for creativity, learning and sharing. Unfortunately, they are also the domain of phishers, scammers, hackers, bullies and sexual predators. will help youth be aware of the dangers when they share information and images via email, text, social media, online and through gaming systems. It will target youth through a video-based, certificate-granting course.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

CyberSafeBC will arm youth with information to help them be CyberSafe on the internet, on their phones and on gaming systems. Upon completion of a video-based training course, users will be able to take an exam to get certified by CyberSafeBC. The training will deal with four areas: • Online Safety-phishing (scammers of financial information) and money/security issues (visa and banking); • Digital Footprint-Sharing text and images-once it is out there, it is impossible to get back; • Online Ethics-what can be posted, cyber-bullying, uploads and downloads of intellectual property and best practices for email, texting and social media; and • Online Criminality-luring, youth porn (sexting of images of youth under 16) and piracy (theft of copyrighted intellectual property). This website will be unique because it is targeted to youth, includes a complete video-based curriculum, tests for knowledge competency and provides a certificate. Also applicable to parents & seniours.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities. will provide an online course that helps young people understand the dangers of being digitally active. The course will be hosted by two video facilitators who lead users through the video content. Upon completion, users can take a competency-based exam and with a passing score, receive a CyberSafeBC Certificate that confirms that they are aware of online dangers and know how to be cyber safe. Case 1: A thirteen your girl wants to have a Facebook account – like ALL her friends, but Mom says “No, you’re too young. It’s dangers to post your personal information online”. Daughter agrees. But, she has taken the online course at CyberSafeBC,ca and she is now CyberSafe certified – she know the dangers and she talk to her Mom about what she will do to stay safe. Case 2: A 10 year old boy wants his parents to buy him a cell phone – like ALL his friends, but Dad says “No way. You wouldn’t use it responsibly”. But the son has been CyberSafe certified and he tells his Dad about the steps he will take to be sure to stay safe when he calling or messaging his friends. Case 3: Dad thinks he may they have infected their home computer with a virus. Mom says she received another email asking for her bank information and suggests maybe the virus came from there. Their child jumps into the conversation and says, “You guys need to get CyberSafe Certified so that you know how to stay safe online. The online video course will teach you about hackers, phishers, spammers, luring and a lot more. If you pass the test, it means you know what to do to stay safe”.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

No other websites provide this solution. CybeSafeBC will be targetted at youth, will included a complete curriculum on online safety and will provide a certificate to confirm competency. There are a number of terrific online resources that provide information in this area:,,,,,,,,,,, etc. In addition, there are several YouTube channels that include excellent videos. will integrate the best of this content into a complete curriculum. All content will be introduced, presented and then discussed by facilitators.

Founding Story

The founders had their “Aha!” moment when developing the Online Safety section of and looking at the information provided on other websites about cyber safety. There are some great resources mainly for educators and parents, but not many sites focus on the youth who need to be CyberSafe. JES wants to pull together these existing internet resources and create new resources that will become part of a youth focused online certificate training course. JES is a curriculum specialist having developed thousands of pages over 20+ years so it is well positioned to consolidate resources and create a dynamic course for youth. The course will target youth ages 11-17 but the content will be useful also to older and younger youth - as well as teachers, parents, seniors and other members of the public. Plus, beyond youth, the content is 100% applicable to adults as well. In this digital era, we all need to be aware of the online dangers - we all need to be Cybersafe.