Dutch school children should be required to pass a digital skills test to guarantee the continuation of the Dutch internet economy, an independent think tank said on Monday.
The national cyber security council, which is made up of government, academics and the corporate sector, says the move is needed because children have little knowledge about the risks attached to the internet.
‘If the Netherlands fails to invest enough in cyber security, our prosperity and society are not being well-served,’ the council said in a report for the education ministry.
‘The Netherlands’ digital future needs to be secured. That can be done by ensuring there are enough cyber security professionals and that Dutch children are prepared for a digital future,’ the council said.
‘Just as it is important to get a swimming and cycling certificate, it is important that children become internet savvy from primary school. It will make them aware of and interested in the digital world.’
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