It is important to understand the difference between cybersecurity career awareness and cyber awareness. In many cases teachers are requesting a career briefing and become disappointed when the content covered seems more geared towards cyber awareness (internet safety). Topics such as strong passwords, privacy, use of social media, and online reputation management are now usually covered in detail due to the federal mandates associated with E-rate funding. Teachers may be disappointed and students may also become bored as they have already heard the cybersafety messaging. While these topics can be briefly covered, the key is to make the connection between the cyber awareness topics and the career opportunities and pathways. What are jobs in cybersecurity? How does choosing a strong password make the job of a cybersecurity practitioner easier? Can students think of other ways besides passwords to make information confidential and secure? What are different job roles and responsibilities in cybersecurity?
School Requirements for outside visitors
Depending on the school or school district, you may be asked to provide evidence of a background check or participate in a volunteer screening process. You or a representative of your organization might want to verify the requirements. Always ask that a second adult be present during your presentation. Make sure you have a state or federal government-issued form of identification on hand when arriving at the school. Most schools now require proper identification at the main office before allowing you to be escorted to your presentation location.
Grab their attention
The key to a successful presentation is to capture the audience’s attention from the start and hold throughout. You might want to start with a brain teaser, short video, open-ended question, magic trick, age-appropriate story, or demonstration that introduces your topic.
NOTE: Handouts and giveaways should be given towards the end of your presentation.
Here are some tips to help your presentation go smoothly.
Thanks all around
Be sure to thank the students, teachers, chaperones, parents, and administrators for allowing you to visit.
Here are a few crowd pleasers to help capture the student’s attention.
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Description: Opening questions and/or riddles to grab the student’s attention.
Description: Which letter comes next in an encryption puzzle with discussion.