Following the Parent Coffee Talk on cybersecurity on January 27th, it was the students’ turn to learn about this important topic last Friday. Senior Inspector, Darryl Holcombe, of the Contra Costa County D.A.’s Office gave an informative talk to 5th-8th grade students about how to stay safe online. His top tips were:
- Keep your personal information personal. Don’t share specific personal information online, including where you live or go to school.
- Take lots of photos and have fun, but post them later, at home. Don’t post “live” social media updates from a location.
- Turn on “Ghost mode” in SnapChat, to disable its GPS tracker.
- Tell a trusted adult if a stranger asks personal questions online, such as when messaging on Roblox.
- Share your PIN and passwords with your parents, and no-one else, even friends.
Detective Holcombe gave interesting real-life examples of what has happened in our county when students didn’t follow these tips.
Students got to meet Jenny and “Ro-bear-to”, aka Bear, and learn about his training and work as a Facility Dog who supports children during forensic interviews and hearings in our County Criminal Court. Bear counted his age in barks (five) and played his favorite game, “silly dog” for the students.