Students learn online safety

October 24, 2017

HUNTINGTON — As younger generations’ lives get more entwined with technology and the Internet, it will become ever more important to teach them how to protect themselves and act appropriately when they are behind the computer (or iPhone) screen.

The sixth annual Cyber Safety Summit by the Marshall University Digital Forensics and Information Assurance program Monday kicked off by teaching middle-school students how to prevent cyber bullying, keep themselves and their families safe online, the dangers of social media, how to keep their information and computers safe, along with learning how to identify scams. They also learned how and why criminal target them.

“We recognize the need for this type of education,” said John Sammons, director of the Digital Forensics and Information Assurance program at Marshall University. “Technology is a huge part of most children’s lives, particularly from middle school going forward. It’s only smart and prudent to give them the awareness and skills to keep themselves safe online.”

Tuesday, a session for parents and adults will be from 6 to 7 p.m. at Huntington East Middle School.

“Parents are often far behind the kids when it comes to technology,” Sammons said. “We would like to provide them with as much information as we can to help them protect their children.”

The event is attended by hundreds of students from the Tri-State region each year. It is sponsored by the Digital Forensics and Information Assurance program, the Huntington Police Department, the FBI and the Appalachian Institute of Digital Evidence.

The middle school session of the summit took place at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena.