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Cybersecurity Pact for children and teenagers, Cybersecurity Study 2023

Updated: Nov 15, 2023

Last Tuesday, November 7, in the Senate of the Republic, the Pact for the Cybersecurity of Girls, Boys and Adolescents was signed. The objective of this Pact is that each signatory organization can promote cybersecurity and a digital culture for children and young people who are the future of our country.

In the Presidium, there were present:

Senator Alejandra Lagunes commented that we must guarantee the safety of our children above all things. Currently, 8 out of 10 adults who share photos of their children online have followers they don't know." The answer for the Pact to be successful is: education, education and education. 90% of cybercrimes IS preventable.

Analí Díaz, President of the MX Internet Association, mentioned some of the results of the 2023 Cybersecurity Survey. More than half of Internet users are not sure that their devices are protected. And that at least a quarter of those surveyed have held an unidentified position in the last year.

Yoloxóchitl Casas, Directors of Dissemination of SIPINNA, the OpINNA Safe Navigation Study and highlighted the following: 77% of those surveyed are between 12 and 15 years old and 71% of them are in secondary school. They sail between 6 and 8 hours a day, in the afternoon and before going to sleep, times when adults do not accompany them. 53% commented that people they don't know follow them on their social networks.

Representative Javier Casarín highlighted that we are failing as a community. And he pointed out that even if we had a more efficient law, it will be of no use to us if we do not modify the behaviors we have towards the use of technology by girls, boys and adolescents.

Various influencers were also present who are part of the #LikeInteligente initiative, part of the “Safe Internet for all” project carried out by the Internet MX Association. Luz Rincón, communicator and influencer, participated on their behalf.

After the signing of the Pact, the 2023 Cybersecurity Study of the Internet MX Association was presented. This aims to understand the complete panorama of cybersecurity and how it affects different sectors of Mexican society. Four dimensions of cybersecurity were addressed; Internet users, Mexican families, companies in Mexico and the mobile ecosystem in Mexico.

Victor Lagunes reiterated his and Cyberlat's commitment to sharing cybersecurity information. “We must protect our vulnerable groups, children and adolescents, our parents and grandparents and the first ones to connect to the internet in our country. There must be a cybersecurity culture that translates into resources for SMEs. We must share the risks, activate a culture of cybersecurity and thus be able to create digital trust.”

We are clear that cybersecurity should be for everyone and that it is everyone's task. Putting on the table issues such as ensuring cybersecurity for girls, boys and adolescents is key to the development of our country. Providing education in the use of ICTs and promoting a digital culture and civility will help make technology a useful tool that produces benefits. Thus, we will be able to deal with challenges that we still have pending, such as innovation, research and development in science and technology.


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