I found the Cyber Hero cybersecurity patch work interesting. I learned how messages travel and how important it is to be careful. It is important because you don’t want the information to get to the wrong people.
I love the Girl Scouts! It has a lot of fun activities to learn new and interesting things.
My troop completed several of the cybersecurity badges as Daisies, but now as Brownies, we have recently started using web-conferencing to hold our meetings and decided to refresh and grow our cyberdefense skills since so many activities have moved online due to COVID-19. We completed the castle activity and also talked about the layers of security on our computers and digital accounts! All the girls made pictures of the creative castle protections and showed them off over the web cam!
We are learning to be strong computer users and tech savvy leaders!
Even though our Brownie troop can’t meet in person due to COVID-19, we met online and did activities to earn our “Cybersecurity” patch. The girls shared different things that have layers, clothing when we go outside, baking cakes – and we talked about how the computers we’re using so much right now also have layers of security to protect us.
The girls also drew pictures of castles – some of them had moats, and guards, and security cameras, and sharks, and all kinds of things to protect the castle. We talked about how computers have passwords and usernames, and how the school computers the girls are using have (fire)walls to keep out websites that aren’t appropriate for kids.
Our troop got together and learned how to protect ourselves and information online. We learned that protecting our information is just like protecting a castle. You need to use passwords and parental locks to helps us be safe. We also learned how a computer passes information by playing a relay game with puzzle pieces. Each piece represented a pixel and each girl had to take “pixel” from one table to the other until the picture was complete. It was a lot of fun!
Our girls are ready to take on the next challenge in coding and share what they’ve learned with others!
Troop 66796 completed the Junior level of the cybersecurity patch requirements! They learned the vastness of the network of the Internet and the connection needed to send a message from one to another. The process showed the girls that there are many lines and servers needed for connection. They also learned “that messages going to a bad server voice back.” Because the girls wanted to include the whole troop, they discovered the time and effort needed for global connection.
The girls took the activity to another level by exploring the movement of the messages and changing the levels of down servers (as seen in the photo). They also thought of the cyberspace from our troop level to the global level.
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.