Kids grow up in a world where the Internet surrounds them, where being online is our normal state of being. This provides young people with a large amount of opportunities, but it also means we have to educate them about potential risks.
Together with Bits of Freedom and Network Democracy, we developed a series of lessons for kids aged ten to fourteen, in which they gain insight into the technical structure of the Internet, how data works, who is actually in charge online and why privacy matters. But more importantly, we try to empower them and provide tools for them to be more secure and to take charge of their own data when they surf the web.
Cryptokids had two first pilot versions in 2014. In 2016, work started to create the educational material for teachers and others interested in the topic. The lessons are available through under the title 'De Baas Op Internet' (The Boss On The Internet) at the project website. A shortened English version can be dowloaded below under 'Publications'.
Cryptokids is a collaboration between Waag, Bits of Freedom and Network Democracy. Supported by SIDN fonds and Fonds 21.