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 of 12 Brownies enjoyed drawing castles with “layers of security” to protect them. We heard some very creative ideas, such as surrounding the castle with thorny vines, alligators in the moat, secret underground passages through a maze, and more! One girl wanted to wear a disguise and described it as creating an online avatar that didn’t look exactly like her. Everyone had fun and learned about some ways to be safe online.
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.
Troop 76011 learned about layers of cybersecurity by drawing castles with their layers of protection. The girls had a blast creating castles decked out with security cameras, moats, alligators, and pickles! (Yes, pickles!!) They learned the importance of passwords and the how and why of protecting our information on the Internet. Next, they used that information to explore the Internet safely.
Girl Scout Brownies of mixed age Troop 40132 in Colorado Springs had a blast learning about the layers of security needed when we’re online. The girls worked in teams or on their own to create layers of security for a troop egg drop! All teams had so much fun and all eggs survived!
Each Girl Scout has come up with fun ideas about how to stay safe when playing and learning online. They’re so excited to earn this extra special patch!
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.