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Cyber Safety for Middle School Students and Parents


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Threat landscape, strategies, and resources for cyber safety. Presented at Johanna Perrin Middle School, Fairport, New York as part of the Fairport STAR parents program.

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Cyber Safety for Middle School Students and Parents

  1. 1. Social Networks Social Networking is a social structure made of individuals who are tied by specific types of relationships. • Facebook • Twitter • Flickr • YouTube • Snapchat • Instagram • Pinterest • Craigslist Revised from Technological Awareness for Teens and Young Adults, UNM presentation
  2. 2. Awareness is the key Everyone is a target Organized crime funds the attacks
  3. 3. Text Messaging  Sexting is sending nude pictures via text message  50% of teenagers admit to engaging in sexting  Messages can be forwarded to unintended recipients  Could be embarrassing if pictures were seen by unintended parties  Sexting can be considered child pornography 265770831.html Technological Awareness for Teens and Young Adults, UNM presentation
  4. 4. You will not be able to shelter your students from the Internet and social networking Focus instead on preparing them for the dangers they will face They can (and will) defeat every technical control you put in place What you already know
  5. 5. Use strong passwords, aka passphrases Length > complexity TIP It was a dark and stormy night becomes ItwasaDark215andStormyNight
  6. 6. Keep Your Software (and Hardware up to date! TIP
  7. 7. TIP Use protection
  8. 8. Recognize phishing & scams TIP
  9. 9. Use social networks safely TIP
  10. 10. Remember who else is there • Employers • Admissions Offices • Identity thieves • Online predators • 1 in 7 10-17 year olds are approached by an online predator ( TIP
  11. 11. Don’t post inappropriate photos! TIP
  12. 12. Be wary of others Is this really your friend..? TIP
  13. 13. TIP Monitor Your Child’s Name Online
  14. 14. Guard personal information TIP
  15. 15. Never assume privacy TIP
  16. 16. Who’s following you? TIP
  17. 17. Questions (and maybe some answers) Ben Woelk @benwoelk
  18. 18. Resource List • National Cyber Security Alliance (for parents section) • • Darkness to Light: End Child Sexual Abuse Internet Safety • Bivonia Child Advocacy Center • Shockproofing Your Use of Social Media eBook, Woelk • Parenting in the Cyber Age: A Parents’ Guide to Safer Social Networking • National Center for Missing and Exploited Children • Cyber Bullying: Protecting Kids and Adults from Online Bullies McQuade III, Colt, Meyer • Technological Awareness for Teens and Young Adults, UNM presentation