The King County Library System asked me to present on cyber safety topics in a very neat program they have (“When everyone’s talking about it..”). I have been giving two separate, but related presentations and both have been well-received by those who have attended. Mine is but a small part of the KCLS program. I have even attended presentations that I had interest (like the presentation on drones!).
For the most part, I have skipped over the basics in my presentations. There really isn’t much need to talk about “what is email” or “the Internet is a bunch of computers connected together”. We all know that kind of information. Rather, I have been giving practical advice on what to do right now to reduce the risk of having your devices compromised by hackers and reducing the risk of predators accessing your children online. Every bit of information I talk about is real time applicable, from reducing your digital footprint to surfing the Internet while maintaining your privacy. I even show how to use the Tor Browser and encrypted email!
In every presentation, I am seeing parents take notes furiously, ask serious questions, and show a genuine interest in online safety for their families and themselves. For me, this is easy stuff. I have already raised two kids in the digital age of Facebook and cell phones (hint: they survived, but still not easy). And I have investigated cybercriminals (hackers, child pornographers, and others who have used technology to commit crimes). That is the biggest benefit to attendees I try to give. Cram as much pertinent information from what I know into an afternoon or evening presentation that can be put to use right away. Free to anyone.
This is one of the few presentations you can step out the door and put the information to use before you get home.
But if you think this is just another Internet safety program, you are mistaken. I go through how to use social media to help get (or keep) a job, get into (or prevent getting kicked out) of school for families and individuals, and reduce the risk of cyberbullying. I show how easy it is for anyone to be a victim by clicking the wrong link or opening the wrong email along with ways to identify the dangerous links and emails. The term "Third party provider" takes on a whole new meaning to attendees when they are shown the ways their personally identifiable information (PII) can be stolen when stored on third party service providers such as their health insurance company or a toy company....