Community Herald: It’s ‘Lord of the Flies’: Internet security experts advise safety in an ‘online virtual environment largely devoid of responsible adult influence’

Ron McLeod, past president of HTCIA Atlantic, wants parents to attend the upcoming cyber safety event and offers advice like keeping a post-it note over a computer’s webcam incase it’s remotely accessed, the webcam will be visibly blocked.
Ron McLeod, past president of HTCIA Atlantic, wants parents to attend the upcoming cyber safety event and offers advice like keeping a post-it note over a computer’s webcam incase it’s remotely accessed, the webcam will be visibly blocked.

Leading internet security experts are meeting in Halifax and offering parents a free education session on cyber safety and cyber bullying.

“It’s especially important for parents of junior high level children to educate themselves because they’re being exposed to a lot more vulnerable applications and peer pressure to fit in,” says Blair MacLellan, president of HTCIA Atlantic Canada and a member of the RCMP tech crime unit Nova Scotia.

High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA) is an international organization hosting it’s regional conference in Halifax on Sept. 18 and 19 at the Marriott Harbourfront Hotel. The Atlantic Canada Chapter was recognized as International Chapter of the Year earlier this month, partly due to their public outreach and education, says Ron McLeod, past president of HTCIA Atlantic Canada and local internet security specialist.

“The threats that exist online to ourselves and our families are evolving everyday. Our children are living their lives inside an online virtual environment largely devoid of responsible adult influence.  And it’s “Lord of the Flies” in there all the time,” says McLeod.

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“We’re tracking through our platform 500-to-600 posts per day where kids are either saying or showing things of extreme concern or showing very, very poor judgment,” says Darren McLeod, VP and Director of Sales at Social LifeRaft.

The free parent and child (12+ years) evening is Sept. 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Marriott Harbourfront Hotel, 1919 Upper Water St., Halifax.

Anyone can register for the two day conference, featuring presentations by Symantec, a leading online security company and conference sponsor, along with presentations from other world experts in cyber safety. Information available at www.atlantichtcia.org.

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