Before they return to a school year in which technology will be available to every student, some local high schoolers got a head start this summer learning about online safety.
Volunteers from the 375th Communication Group at Scott Air Force Base visited East St. Louis Senior High School to teach the students, according to a news release. They covered topics like computers viruses and hackers.
Those students will have even more contact with technology starting in the fall, when the high school will have a Chromebook laptop for every student to use in class. Marla Byrd stated in the release that a “major focus” for the school district is developing “good digital citizens.” Byrd is East St. Louis District 189’s technology and data specialist.
Organizers of the Air Force Association Cyber Patriot CyberCamp also wanted to introduce students to careers in cybersecurity.
“The camp is only one week, but our hope is to inspire them for the rest of their lives,” Tony Bryan stated in the release. He is the executive director for the Midwest Cyber Center, which teamed up with District 189 and the Air Force Association to bring the summer camp to East St. Louis.