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Central Valley Elementary School hosted an Internet Safety presentation for parents/guardians.
The presenters were John Ortero, formerly of the NYPD's Computer Crime Squad now with BlackStorm Cyber Security and Forensics and Investigator Daniel Bien from the New York State Police Cyber Crime Unit.
The presentation included a live hacking demonstration by John Ortero to show how easily a person can hack into your computer files without your knowledge, install software that records your keystrokes (to retrieve your passwords) and use the webcam on your computer to discretely view you and your home.
NYS Police Investigator Daniel Bien covered the following topics:
He focused on giving parents helpful tools and information not only to protect their children online but to keep their computer safe when banking and shopping online, receiving and sending email and file management (tip: do not keep your passwords in a computer file).
Investigator Bein also said the key in keeping our kids safe is the relationship between you and your child.
You must keep the lines of communication open. Now is not the time to leave them on their own. The emphasis is not on unplugging the computer but on having a dialogue with your child. It's important to sit down, look through their Facebook or My Space pages with them, know what they're posting and who they are communicating with. One way to do that is to go through their list of friends with them and make decisions regarding who stays and who goes. In other words, STAY INVOLVED.
If you weren't able to attend the presentation, you can click on the links below. They contain valuable information to keep you and your family safe from the dangers on the Internet.
Please take the time to download and read the handouts and discuss them with your children.
Communication with your child is the key to keeping them safe!
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