We are a multi-level troop made up of Daisies to Juniors. One of our leaders invited Rick from RCOM Computer Services to speak with the girls about cybersecurity in way that all the girls understood. The girls then designed their own castles and created of layers of defense.
Our girls were excited to earn their first cybersecurity patch. The Palo Alto-created activity was a simple and fun way to begin a discussion with our Brownies about layers of security. Starting with the creation of our “secure castles,” we then moved into digital/cyber security with our phones, computers, tablets, etc.
Lakewood Daisy Troop 60711 recently completely the “Cybersecurity Basics” badge. The girls enjoyed brainstorming ways to protect real and digital “treasure” as well as learning and discussing about different types of computers. The girls protected their crystal gems by boxing, hiding, bubble wrapping, taping, tying it up, warning labels, and disguising the package.
The Daisies were really excited to share all the computers they know of and how they use computers to learn and ‘see’ the world. They are also working on the “Space Explorer” badge and liked talking about computers they could use in space. They are excited to take on the “Cybersecurity Safeguards” badge activities soon.
The internet and media are a daily part of our Girl Scouts’ lives and we felt it was important to arm them with the knowledge and understanding of how to stay safe while engaging with these sources. This is why we selected to pursue the cybersecurity badges and patches for our troop! Please enjoy the story about defending our castles, but tread carefully, you may find an alligator, a bear trap, or a grenade disguised as candy…
One high-energy afternoon, a bunch of Girl Scouts in Troop 65709 eagerly awaited the starting tune to learn how to keep themselves safe in cyberland, all while running a race from alligators, bears, and secret predators.
They brainstormed and created elaborate defenses to keep out enemies pretenses, creating trap doors, moats, secret entrances, invisible castles, and candy tricks.
They discussed and debated the best shields and learned how it related to keeping them safe in daily practice fields.
These G.I.R.L.s are armed and ready to take on the world and be safe when it comes to cyberland!
The girls came up with very creative ideas on defending their castles, family, and friends. They learned about how to layer defenses and how that relates to online defenses with passwords and safeguards they use every day. It was a great start to arming them with the knowledge to keep themselves safe while online! Our troop is pursing the cybersecurity trifecta of badges: Basics, Safeguards, and Investigator.
My five Girl Scout Juniors learned about networking and how emails and texts are sent. The relationship between a network and train tracks helped all of them understand the concept clearly. They had so much fun passing messages from the sender to the receiver that they did it over and over three times. They would have kept going if there was more time.
My 4th and 5th grade Juniors are so excited about everything that is presented to them in Girl Scouts. They love to camp, hike, create arts and crafts, learn about important women in history, and are go-getters.
We took a couple of our girls to a park to learn all about cybersecurity. The adults (senders) put together a message on cards that were sent down through the network (long strings of yarn) to each computer (each girl). Once the girls received the message, they had to send it on to the receiver (tree). Once the message made it to the receiver, we had the girls unscramble the message and put it all together. While doing the activity, we explained to the girls how the process works through a real network, just like how a train travels and makes several stops until it stops at its final destination. The parents also explained to the girls how important it is to be as safe as possible with what is sent through email, text, and other social media sites because you never know what information will stop at a computer that can be or has been compromised.
Some of the lessons our girls learned from this activity was that cybersecurity affects just more than a home computer. It is affects phones, tablets, and any other tech devices that can be connected to a network. One of the biggest lessons our girls realized through this is that nothing is really ever safe and that information can always have the potential to be compromised or stolen. The parents really worked on explaining to them that all of the modern day apps like Snapchat and Facebook are not safe and that whatever is posted will always be out there. At the age of 10, I would say that they now have a better understanding on the importance of doing their best to keep their information safe and to always be cautious about what is shared through email, text, social media, apps, etc.
Girl Scouts from newly formed Brownie Troop 67615, from Denver’s High Tech Elementary School, were introduced to the concept of cybersecurity earlier this month. The girls drew castles and designed security systems. The girls were very creative and included modern biometric security features, such as facial recognition and fingerprint scanning. The girls combined medieval security concepts such as, moats with alligators, dragons, knights, and tall walls with digital security that included usernames, passwords, motion sensors, and video cameras. The girls discussed ways that security affects their daily life when using computers, tablets, smartphones, and keyless entry. The girls are looking forward to more STEM related activities!