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On Guard Online

Aug 23, 2012

Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility, so we all have to do our part to keep the Internet safe. Girl Scouts taking the Internet Safety Pledge know this, and agree to follow the rules of specific websites and practice online “netiquette.” Now Girl Scouts of the USA has joined forces with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for a new national public-awareness campaign.

Stop.Think.Connect. is aimed at increasing our understanding of cyber threats and empowering Americans to be more vigilant about practicing safe online habits. The campaign will provide Girl Scouts with tools and resources to help raise awareness among kids, teens, and young adults about emerging online threats and the importance of cybersecurity.

When girls—and their friends and family—take simple steps to be safer online (by using privacy settings to restrict who sees their profile and keeping passwords private) and learn what to do if they witness cyberbullying (tell the bully to stop!), it makes using the Internet a better experience for all. If we each do our part online, we’re protecting ourselves and helping to make the Internet safer for everyone. For more information, click here. And to download a PDF of the Department of Homeland Security’s 13-page pamphlet for girls, click here.