ECDL Lithuania, ECDL Foundation's National Operator in Lithuania, has launched e-Guardian. There are two versions of the e-Guardian programme:
e-Guardian is intended for everyone who wants to protect the welfare and safety of children, as virtual world technology poses ever increasing risks.
The main aim of e-Guardian is to educate and teach adults and children how to safeguard themselves from internet threats how to become competent onilne users.
Although children and youngsters are generally adept in using computers and internet technologies, it is often the case that they are not mature enough to recognise the threats that using the internet can bring. There are numerous educational and information programmes designed to deal with this issue, frequently they are referred to as e-Parent programmes. The main difference between e-Guardian and e-Parent programmes is that e-Guardian offers an ECDL Foundation endorsed certification, which proves a candidate’s level of competency, and which ensurs that the programme is verified by industry experts.
The Automated Test
e-Guardian tests are conducted on the internet-based Lithuanian TestEngine – the automated testing infrastructure approved by ECDL Foundation. There are 30 questions in the e-Guardian test, all of which are multiple choice questions.
An International Programme
The e-Guardian Certification has been developed in Lithuanian and English, and has been officially endorsed by ECDL Foundation.
e-Guardian v.1 is an ECDL Foundation endorsed programme designed for those who want to protect children against potential internet dangers and to safeguard their own computers from unwanted access.
Now that the internet is increasingly prevalent in our daily life, children are more and more exposed and at risk from online threats, threats that their parents have no control over.
Moreover, internet users are becoming younger. Although children and youngsters are frequently good in internet technologies and understand threats and possible ways to avoid them, they are not mature enough recognise the potential threats they face.
The main purpose of e-Guardian v.1
The main purpose of e-Guardian v.1 is to provide much needed knowledge to protect children from the dangers of the virtual word. This is particularly beneficial for educators, parents and staff members of organisations who work with children on a daily basis.
Syllabus of e-Guardian v.1
e-Guardian v.1 offers certification covering areas:
- Essential Safety
Understanding the benefits of computer system updates, need of user accounts and passwords, standard OS integrated security means, data protection and backups, etc.
- Malicious Software
Understanding different malicious software, threats of malware infected emails, securable usage of instant messaging, knowing security software to protect systems against malware, etc.
Understanding protection from spam, email messages infected with malware, privacy protection legal act, email dangers from unknown senders, etc.
- Safe Web Browsing and Paying on Internet
Understanding internet browsing threats, tools that ensure online safety, encryption keys, distinguishing safe/genuine online transaction/commerce sites from unsafe, being able to perform online transaction using credit or debit cards, etc.
- Child Safety
Understanding that open communications between parent and children is important to keeping children safe, knowing about online predators, financial scams, malware, cyber-bullying and the pervasiveness of pornography on the internet, system monitoring types and being able to monitor use of computer, being able to use software to control childrens' use of the internet, operating system and software, knowing about child protection software, defensive software, quality anti-virus, anti-spyware, spam blocker, and personal firewalls, and how to use them, etc.
ECDL Foundation's National Operator, ECDL Lithuania, first launched the e-Guardian v.1 programme in 2009.
The e-Guardian v.1 certification has been developed in English and Lithuanian
e-Guardian v.2 is designed for those who wish to teach their students how to safely use computers and the internet, and to protect them from internet threats.
e-Guardian v.2 was created as a result of the EU Leonardo da Vinci Transfer of Innovation project e-GUARDIAN, which is part of the lifelong learning programme.
The Main Purpose of e-Guardian v.2
It is vitally important that teachers, in particular, know about the potential threats on the internet and the consequences that may arise out of unprotected internet use. They should know how to manage digital data in a safe manner and how to recover lost data. They should focus on the safe use of internet resources, learn about safety and privacy on the internet and they should be able to use e-services safely.
Syllabus of e-Guardian v.2
The syllabus of e-Guardian v.2 is prepared as a list of relevant knowledge and skills.
- Basic Knowledge of e-Safety
General knowledge on informational technology safety is determined in this part. It is required to know the main internet threats, to understand that these threats are inseparable from contemporary website opportunities, and that appropriate education of users, will help to avoid them.
- Privacy and Data Management
Information on data and information safety is provided in this part. It is necessary to understand the rules of creation and usage of passwords, the processing of data safety and distribution. It is also necessary to know about backup copying and recovery of lost data.
- Security Tools and Network Security
The required knowledge about safety, when using computer networks, is indicated in this part. It is necessary to understand the usage of common resources on networks, to know how to use safety measures, provided in the operating system – antivirus and other measures, preventing from harmless program equipment, firewalls, to know how to download and to install updates.
- Minors and Newcomers to the Net
This part of the programme requires understanding the benefits and limits of security program equipment, and teaches how to educate juveniles and new users about safety online. It is necessary to know various methods to educate, monitor, and control the usage of content and services online.
- Social Networks and Safe Usage of the Internet
It is necessary to know how to ensure your safety and privacy, when you are online, and how to safely use e-services. It is focused on safety and privacy on social networks, on recognition of communication threats, on appropriate and safe usage of communication measures.
ECDL Foundation's National Operator, ECDL Lithuania, has launched the e-Guardian v.2 programme in 2013.