AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) - 40 young girls are learning how to code and potentially fight off cyber attacks. It's important for them to learn since October is Cyber Security Awareness Month.
"Everything we use, everything we do with communication uses the internet," said Shante Perrin.
As technology continues to advance, so does cyber-crime. During the month cyber experts highlight the potential dangers that can happen when people are surfing the web.
"There has to be a new authority to control that information make sure that information that needs to be secure is secure, and your privacy remains intact," explained Perrin.
Perrin and other student volunteers are teaching 40 young girls in the club "Girls Who Code" how to protect themselves and loved ones from cyber predators.
Julianna Rodriguez says they are learning about different codes in technology they use every day.
"Anything that is touching our lives has a technology element to it," said Rodriguez. "That has some code probably somewhere in a chip making decisions. Potentially if we don't think about the security that can affect us in negative ways."
Experts say young girls are discouraged from pursuing tech careers as early as elementary. Women make up less than 20 percent of U.S. cyber jobs. Glenn Hills Middle School is changing that perspective.
"I think it's beneficial to the young ladies at Glenn Hills Middle School," explained Na'Jellica Burnett. "So they know what coding is and how coding affects each of us in today's society."
Jobs in cyber are booming, and with the help of Girls Who Code, these girls won't be counted out.
"The more we have thought in diversity in what we create, the better that product will be," said Rodriguez. "We want to make sure girls have a voice and are a participant in cybersecurity."
National Cyber Security Awareness Month began in October 2003. It's to make sure everyone stays safe and secure online and improving our nation's cybersecurity.
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