Starting ’em young: 2 Filipino cybersecurity kids take home Bronze Award

CYBERSECURITY is not just for adults; it is for the kids, too.

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What better way, then, than to start them young.

The Department Information and Communications Technology (DICT) under Acting Secretary Eliseo M. Rio, Jr. announced on Wednesday, September 12, that two Filipino kids have won bronze award in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam.

Jassef Yzaiah Tambis and Rainbow Concha, Grade 3 and Grade 4 pupils, respectively, of North Cabadbaran Central Elementary School in Agusan del Norte participated in Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Cyberkids Camp (ACC) on September 4-6 this month.

The two cybersecurity whiz kids comprised the Philippine delegation.

And they take home a bronze medal for placing third in the  competition.

Delegation-participants came from the 10 members of ASEAN: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao, Myanmar, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Vietnam.

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The event is an annual multi-media computer projects competition among primary school students.

Rio welcomed the two children’s feat, congratulating them, and also their coach and ICT teacher Prelyn Sandimas when they paid a courtesy call to the DICT.

“ASEAN Cyberkids Camp adopts the 21st Century learning objectives by way of teaching developing computer animations, interactive stories, and applications. Aside from skills measuring in ICT, the competition aims to enhance students’ creativity, critical thinking, and  adaptability,” the DICT said.

According to the Brunei Tribune, the event was hosted by the Authority for Info-Communication Technology Industry (AITI) held at the Rizqun International Hotel in Gadong.

AITI Chaiman Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Matsatejo bin Sokiaw, the deputy minister of Energy (Energy Manpower) and Industry presented the awards to the winners.

Participants must be aged 12 years and below.

Vietnam grabbed the Gold Award, with the winning entry, “Vietnam’s Smart City.”

Indonesia got the Silver Award through their entry, “Security System” project. (EKU)

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