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Beyond CyberSafe

June 2019

According to Accenture, “Over the next 5 years, companies in the private sector “risk losing an estimated US$5.2 trillion in value creation opportunities from the digital economy — almost the size of the economies of France, Italy and Spain combined — to cybersecurity attacks.” Can you imagine that?! It’s definitely overwhelming, and we bet you’re wondering what you can do. The reality is that humans, and how we interact with our digital devices, are the weakest link in this cybersecurity equation. By enforcing positive digital habits starting with the youngest students around the globe, we can foster a generation of cyber literate professionals starting with ourselves and those who surround us.

Still too big of a picture? Let’s take it back and think about your immediate student community. Can you think of that one friend who’s a touch reckless on social media? Or the one whose password is name1234? Or maybe you or someone you know has been cyberbullied before. In an ever more connected society, digital tools hold huge potential to increase access to and enhance educational opportunities — especially for interacting with peers from different cultures and communities, such as our work here at Project Exchange. In order for you and your friend to effectively utilize these digital tools, we must address current cases of cyber-insecurity.


Ultimately, cybersecurity is a global issue that impacts the way you interact with students around the globe, which is why we’re addressing it here at Project Exchange. As digital device users, we are all stakeholders in this system, and must educate ourselves in order to serve as a strong link! Furthermore, cybersecurity education must be peer-circulated and action-based. As you explore these virtual field trips on the Understand page, don’t forget to stop by the Ideate page, and check out some cool opportunities to take action (hint: may include cash prizes, Project Exchange swag, and professional mentorship)!


Fun fact: even the UN considers internet access to be a human right!

Cybersecurity Action Pitch Challenge

Question: How can we work together to mitigate cyber-threats of the future?


Challenge: Pitch an idea for a capstone project answering the above question. If you’re a winner of the challenge, your will work with a peer from a different country and receive support from Project Exchange to carry out this project from July 1, 2019 to September 30, 2019.

  • Share with us a two-page max written proposal for your idea. Include:

    • The problem you’ve identified

    • Your solution

    • Your plan to implement the solution

    • How you’ll measure success

    • Long-term goal

    • Why you need the Project Exchange team

  • Record a 1 minute max video sharing why you’re taking action. Start with, “I’m stepping up to become cyber aware because…”

  • Complete the community support form! (Have your guardian(s), one teacher, and three friends sign your sheet to express support for your project)

  • BONUS POINTS: Reference the cybersecurity virtual field trips/incorporate them into your pitch!



  • Current middle school, high school, or college student

  • Watched at least one of Project Exchange’s cybersecurity virtual field trips

  • Interested in pursuing cybersecurity through cross-cultural collaboration


Deadline: All application materials must be submitted by June 30, 2019. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.


Sample Ideas:

  • Host a cybersecurity virtual field trip screening at a local school

  • Collect and present global stories of cybersecurity + digital citizenship in play. Turn these stories into a podcast, website, Instagram account, or video series

  • Write an article in the school or local newspaper about the importance of global cybersecurity + digital citizenship

  • Create a training for Project Exchange’s Digital Exchange Participants on how to stay cyber safe

  • Host a ‘get cyber safe’ day in your community: e.g., use strong passwords, get security updates, be aware of phishing, two-factor authentication, what are antivirus/firewalls/secure browser extensions, etc.

  • Develop a cybersecurity picture books for students

  • Start a cybersecurity club at your school, increase awareness of student cybersecurity competitions


Support: Utilize the cybersecurity virtual field trips recordings, ‘explore more’ resources, and lesson plans on our website!



  • 1st place: $250 grant, Project Exchange swag, mentored by cybersecurity professional over the months of July through September to bring capstone project to fruition

  • 2nd place:  $100 grant, Project Exchange swag, mentored by cybersecurity professional over the months of July through September to bring capstone project to fruition

  • 3rd place: Project Exchange swag, mentored by cybersecurity professional over the months of July through September to bring capstone project to fruition

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