Center for Cyber Safety and Education Honors James McQuiggan for Teaching Thousands of Children to Stay Safe Online
McQuiggan Receives First Julie Franz Peeler “Do It for the Children” Volunteer Award
Clearwater, Fla. (September 27, 2017) – The Center for Cyber Safety and Education announced it has selected James McQuiggan as the first recipient of the Julie Peeler Franz “Do It for the Children” Volunteer Award. The Center selected McQuiggan for his work with Safe and Secure Online, its education program that provides resources to help children, parents, educators and senior citizens stay safe online. The Center honored McQuiggan at the (ISC)² American Information Security Leadership Awards ceremony yesterday in Austin, Texas.
Julie Peeler Franz, the award’s namesake and the Center’s first director, passed away because of cancer earlier this year. Center director Patrick Craven explained, “We created this award in Julie’s memory to honor a Safe and Secure Online volunteer who is dedicated to the Center’s mission to inspire a safe and secure cyber world for all, especially children. James embodies that selfless commitment and is an inspiration to us all.”
McQuiggan, CISSP, a product & solutions security officer for Siemens Wind Power, Inc. and father of two, began volunteering for Safe and Secure Online in 2010. Since then, he has presented online safety classes to over 7,000 children, parents, educators and senior citizens in and around his community in Orlando, Florida.
McQuiggan became a volunteer because he recognized that as both a cybersecurity professional and a parent, he was in a unique position to share his knowledge to help both children and adults protect themselves online. “Kids today are digital natives, and their skills and knowledge often surpass their level of awareness,” he says. “But if we instill the right instincts in them early in life, they will make good decisions. I want to make sure no parent has to watch their child suffer because they made poor choices online.”
McQuiggan commented, “I am unspeakably humbled to receive this award. I deeply admired the work Julie did. She left this world better than she found it. I hope to do the same.”
Safe and Secure Online includes Garfield’s Cyber Safety Adventures. Introduced last fall by the Center and legendary cartoonist Jim Davis, the Adventures include cartoons, comic books, posters, trading cards, and stickers that show Garfield and friends tackling cyber safety issues such as privacy, the dangers of posting online, online etiquette, cyberbullying, and more. To commemorate National Cyber Security Awareness Month and National Bullying Prevention Month this October, the Center just released Lesson 3: Be Kind Online.
About Center for Cyber Safety and Education
The Center for Cyber Safety and Education (Center), is a non-profit charitable trust committed to making the cyber world a safer place for everyone. The Center works to ensure that people across the globe have a positive and safe experience online through their educational programs, scholarships, and research. Visit www.IAmCyberSafe.org.
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