Daryl Hulce is one of those individuals who began his career as a student while attending NOVA Southeastern University, a private University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Daryl’s interest in computers eventually led to his developing the use of the “quiz mechanism” as a way to get kids to participate in his or her learning about “Safe Online Surfing” (SOS) in the digital age.
Ironically, the same technology that creates the problem is also, the same technology used to solve the problem. It was Daryl Hulce’s development of the “Quiz” mechanism, which eventually lead to the partnership with the FBI Cyber Division and the FBI – SOS (Safe Online Surfing) program for schools and kids.
Several unanticipated events occurred, kids are finding the FBI and visiting the FBI website, and learning about being safe – “civic lessons”. Kids are also learning about possible career choices in the FBI.
Participation in the FBI – SOS program has proven to be effective. Daryl sighted a couple of cases, one of which was a child who was approached online by an adult, and knowing the child was only fourteen. In this particular case, the child did not feel there was a trusted adult to call, so the child contacted someone at the FBI – SOS program, and the problem was resolved.
The program works, kids are walking away with something. Teachers are overhearing kids talking in the school hallways about the quiz and the contest. They are talking to one another, asking what he or she answered on the quiz. The competition among the kids is healthy, and the desire to win the trophy for his or her school and to have a representative from the FBI come and present the trophy to their school is exciting. Moreover, the lessons the students are learning about digital safety will follow them and empower him or her to make better-informed decisions for living a safe and secure digital life.
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We all know kids need to be safe in this digital age, and there is little or no argument that we need to teach kids how to be safe about his or her digital life. Therefore, you might be asking yourself, if this is such a great program, why isn’t every school implementing the FBI-SOS. I asked, Daryl Hulce that question. My response was that teachers are already pushed to their limits and the thought of implementing another project, good or bad, just by human nature will meet resistance.
However, Daryl added, simply knowing that the program exists and is available are the biggest reasons holding back the program. Only ten minutes of the principal or teacher’s time to read the “Principal’s Link“, and two minutes for the students are all it takes for whoever is in charge to realize what a great value that has been created for students to live a safe and secure digital life.
The FBI – SOS program empowers children how to recognize, report, and avoid online dangers and use the internet responsibly. The program is supported by the FBI Cyber Division, NOVA Southeastern University, it is web based, meets both state and federal mandates for internet safety instructions in schools, and it is FREE. There is little time demanded on part of the schools and/or educators.
The CyberHood Watch partners, Dave & Bill, talk about the digital divide that exists between children and parents frequently. Students who have participated feel comfortable addressing his or her parents on the subject of internet safety. For example, a student can ask his or her parent, “If I were chatting with an online predator, do you know what to do?” a great way to begin a dialogue.
The number one reason kids are reluctant to talk to his or her parent is the fear they will lose computer privileges. Parents keep your cool; assure your child they can come to you no matter what, even if he or she made a mistake. Keep the channel of communication open, allowing your child access to tell you about anything or anyone who might be bothering them, without losing his or her PC privileges. What parent would not trade the loss of his or her son or daughter’s innocence, or something even worse, for computer privileges?
An interesting comment Daryl made, and one you seldom hear is educating predators on the affects of his or her actions on a child’s life, as well as the family. In addition to realizing the consequences of their actions, they must also realize they will be caught and punished.
A final point that Daryl made is the need to teach adults what it means to be a “trusted adult“. We need more trusted adults available for children to approach.
Again, the program is backed and supported by the FBI, NOVA Southeastern University, it is web based, it meets all the state and federal mandates for Internet safety instructions in schools, it is easy to implement, and it is free. The kids do enjoy the program, will be the driving force for its success, and gives them a better chance to live a safe and secure digital life…Just say “Yes” to FBI-SOS.
Your CyberHood Watch Partner,
david c ballard
Radio Security Journalist
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