Cybersecurity for Kids & Youth

Toronto Metropolitan University’s national centre for training, innovation and collaboration in cybersecurity.

Overview

We recognize the need for collaboration between the cybersecurity community, academia, and educational partners to help young Canadians build their cybersecurity awareness. Our goal is to support youth in their journey to build cybersecurity literacy while sparking their interest in the constantly evolving field of cybersecurity as a potential career pathway.

In collaboration with our industry and academic partners, the Catalyst has developed high-quality digital resources equipped with conversation starters, activities and suggested definitions to help guide parents/guardians, educators and youth comprehend new content.

Throughout each resource, you may come across new terms or common terms that are a bit difficult to explain to youth. We have provided definitions in each resource, relative to the theme and content being covered, to help parents/guardians, educators and the youth themselves understand the information.

In addition, each overarching theme was carefully selected and adapted for different age groups, including grades K-3, grades 4-6, and grades 7-12.

Our resources cover six critical themes:

  • Cyber Respect & Online Kindness (Cyberbullying)
  • Safe Communication Online
  • Privacy Online: Passcodes 
  • Safety Online: Understanding Online Risks
  • Information Verification: Truth Online
  • Digital Footprint: A Positive Digital Image