In many ways, cybersecurity is the same way it once was over 20 years ago in terms of risk, only with different devices, activities, and added ways of access. Parry Aftab, who was one of the world’s first cyber lawyers back in the early 90s, shares her work with multiple cyber safety organizations, tips on supporting kids who fall victim to cyberbullying, and being featured in a custom cyber safety Marvel comic.
I was hosting this huge event for Cyber Safety India, attended by heads of country for Microsoft, Cisco, Disney, and all these highfalutin people. There was an 8-year-old who had come with his father, since there wasn’t anyone available to watch him. For most of the session, he sat in the back coloring but when we got to the final topic of cyber bullying, he raised his hand and came up to the podium. He looked at everyone in the room and said, ‘We've been hearing about children who are hurt online. We're hearing how they're hurting each other with cyberbullying. Dr. Aftab has said we need your help. If you don't step up and help us help children, who will?’ I sat there with tears in my eyes. Moments like these keep you going and make you realize that you are actually making a change in the world.
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