Online classes protect students from online perils

Yang Jian
With youngsters spending more time online since the pandemic, a new cyber security class is teaching young people how to stay safe while navigating the net.
Yang Jian
Online classes protect students from online perils
Ti Gong

A webcast host teaches how to show QR code on mobile payment safely during the first of a serial cyber security online classes.

An online cyber security class for youngsters has been launched in Yangpu District to raise risk awareness among students and parents.

Five short videos for the online class were released at Shidong High School on Wednesday as part of events in Shanghai for the 2020 national cyber security promotion week.

They cover common Internet traps involving mobile payment, game security, privacy leaks on apps, password settings and social safety. More such videos will be made and promoted at all elementary and middle schools in Yangpu.

Livestreaming and online classes have become routine for Chinese students since the COVID-19 outbreak early this year. While enjoying the convenience of the Internet, young people also face various cyber security risks, said Wang Qiang, secretary general of the Shanghai Information Security Trade Association.

Online classes protect students from online perils
Ti Gong

Students from Shidong High School in Yangpu District listen to the first online cyber security class on Wednesday.

During the first video episode, a famous web host warned: “if you are told a product is free online, you should be cautious and you might be the product.” She also taught skills to set safer passwords for mobile payment accounts and how to properly open app permissions.

Li Rong, director of the Internet information office of Yangpu, said “The serial classes aim to not only enhance the awareness of children but also their parents and grandparents.”

A cyber security promotion volunteer team known as “Youth’s Shield” was also established on Wednesday at the school. The members, mainly computer-savvy local middle and high school students, will promote cyber security knowledge at local campuses and communities.

“Internet is quite convenient for us students to search for information and study, but there is also much unhealthy information,” said Zhou Shengjun, a senior student at the school. “Such online classes are expected to make us invulnerable to the negative information on the internet,” she said.

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