One Company Reimagined Classic Kids’ Books to Teach Children About Internet Safety

published Oct 28, 2022
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Stories and fairytales have been used for generations tools to teach children right from wrong, and many of the same stories dreamt up centuries ago still apply to today’s decision-making. So in honor of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, VPN provider Surfshark reimagined classic kids’ books to teach the do’s and don’t’s of using the internet.

Because internet safety is a new concern, teachers and parents aren’t quite confident about how to explain topics like data exploitation, identity theft, stranger danger, and cyberbullying to their kids. Surfshark stepped in to make that explanation easier.

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Using kids’ classics like Eric Carle’s “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are,” and Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland,” Surfshark rejiggered the stories to fit the modern timeline so kids can learn about “The Very Hungry Data Eater,” “Where the Wrong Friends Are,” and “Alice in Filterland,” with each story harboring a lesson about how to be an internet user with good and fully-formed judgment.

Parents and kids can virtually flip through Surfshark’s four reimagined books to learn more about establishing good app habits (like vetting downloads more carefully so that personal and private information stays as private as possible), how to be on alert for possible scams when a stranger reaches out randomly or sends a request for money, and even how to prevent radicalization by becoming more critical of the friends you can make online.

You and your child can flip through all four stories over on Surfshark’s website — and chances are you’ll learn a thing or two about internet security from these modern fairytales, too!