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The Dansville Online
  • Safe Kids Speaker talks online safety with Wayland-Cohocton students

  • Students in Kristina Loop’s fifth- throuth eighth-grade health classes at Wayland-Cohocton Middle School had a presentation from a guest speaker this year.

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  • Students in Kristina Loop’s fifth- throuth eighth-grade health classes at Wayland-Cohocton Middle School had a presentation from a guest speaker this year.
    Presenter Mike Kozak from X4 Echelon, SME consultant on public safety, technology, intelligence and wireless signals was a lieutenant for 21 years with the Rochester Police department.
    He spoke to all of Loop’s health classes at Wayland-Cohocton touching on several topics:
    • Is your information private or secure?
    • Vulnerability of wireless PCs.
    • Vulnerability of smart and regular cell phones
    • GPS devices in cell phones can track where you are located.
    • Awareness of Facebook, Twitter, Bebo, Orkut and social video chat such as Oovoo and Skype.
    • Cameras on laptops and PC are a weak link in your computer and should be covered when not being used.
    • Cell phones can be tapped into in a matter of a couple of minutes.
    • Text messages are interceptable.
    • Facebook has a facial recognition program.
    • Gmail keeps your e-mail forever, so be careful what you send!
    • Someone is always tracking your digital behaviors.
    • Over 2 percent of Facebook users are “ghosts” — not real people, accounts are made up for nefarious reasons.
    • Many cell games are not as safe as you think.
    • Social, location-based, situational, consumer and your future privacy.
    • Protect your personal information.
    • Be careful who your “internet friends” are.
    • Be suspicious of online strangers.
    • Don’t do anything online that you would not do in person, public or that’s uncomfortable.
    • Tell your parents or trusted adult if a stranger ever tries to friend you or makes you feel uncomfortable.
    • Never meet a stranger that you met on line in person.
    “The kids were captivated and asked many insightful and meaningful questions,” Loop said. “In a society where social media and cell phones are more of the norm than ever before, making our kids aware of the dangers on line is such a great life lesson. It is very important that the kids are aware so that they can be smart when they are on their cell phones or on line, so that they can stay safe.