Why This Book
Security Squad Education is more than just a learning experience. It is a journey through the digital world that goes beyond the pages of this book. Like the digital world, we believe we need digital solutions for digital problems. This is through the use of our educational videogames, puzzles/quizzes, interactive videos, educational comics, and up-to-date news feeds. This material is smoothly integrated with the Security Squad Adventures Stories to provide you with more material to incorporate into the classroom.
Our easy to use book makes is the perfect plug-and-play for a variety of classroom settings. Following our Security Squad badge system, we take you from Password Protector to Security Squad Master.
Security Squad Badge System
- Understand how passwords protect private information.
- How to create a strong password.
- Explain why we keep personal information private.
- Identify which personal information should and should not be shared online and with whom.
- Understand why it is necessary to report inappropriate electronic content or contact.
- Describe the threats to safe and efficient use of devices and how these threats move through various technology use.
- Identify appropriate and inappropriate use of technology when posting to social media, sending e-mails or texts, and browsing the internet.
- Explain the proper use and operation of security technologies.
- Describe ways to employ safe practices and avoid the potential risks and dangers associated with various forms of online communications, downloads, links, internet purchases, and advertisements.
- Identify different types of cyberbullying issues (e.g., harassment, flaming, excluding people, outing, and impersonation).
- Explain that if you encounter cyberbullying or other inappropriate content, you should immediately tell a responsible adult (e.g., teacher, parent).
Personal Privacy Guru—
- Identify threats and actively protect devices and networks from viruses, intrusion, vandalism, and other malicious activities.
- Describe how cyberbullying can be prevented and managed.
- Explain the connection between the persistence of data on the internet, personal online identity, and personal privacy.
- Describe and use safe, appropriate, and responsible practices (netiquette) when participating in online communities (e.g., discussion groups, blogs, social networking sites.)
- Differentiate between appropriate and inappropriate content on the internet.
Security Squad Apprentice—
- Explain safe practices when collaborating online including how to anticipate potentially dangerous situations.
- Construct strategies to combat cyberbullying and harassment.
- Identify the mental health consequences of cyberbullying and harassment.
- Explain how peer pressure in social computer settings influences choices.
- Apply strategies for managing negative peer pressure and encouraging positive peer pressures.
Security Squad Master—
- Having demonstrated the above levels at an 85% efficiency or higher.
- Demonstrated basic understanding of programming languages.
- Pass the Security Squad Master Test.
This book follows and builds on the Massachusetts Digital Literacy and Computer Science (DLCS) Curriculum and Framework. We use the DLCS framework and the Security Squad’s holistic gamification approach to incorporate key learning lessons in the book.