Healthy Horizons Magazine

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Cyberspace Written By: W. Greg Price Chief Technology and Security Officer of Troy University. Director of the Troy University Computer Forensics Institute.

Why do we worry about youth online? Inexperienced or uneducated internet users can fall victim to a wealth of dangerous online encounters. Is your 16-year old online friend truly the child who lives just a few miles away? Are you donating money to a worthy, legitimate effort? Is your computer quietly participating in a complex, global network of malicious computer activity? Has your child employed internet-based communications to harass or bully another child?

The sheer size and nearly exponential growth of users and content produce abundant opportunity for deception. Your 16-year old online friend may be a paroled sex offender living three-hundred miles away; the passionate plea for charitable contributions may be a regional criminal operation; nefarious applications may observe your local computer content; your child may be guilty of launching an online assault of an unsuspecting classmate. Through an innovative presentation, Troy University discusses significant internet content concerns. Chiefly, social networking sites, cyberbullying, sexting and the use of digital photography are addressed. Misunderstood internet concepts such as online anonymity, social network security and legal accountability baffle the most experienced of internet

users; a thorough review of the true nature of these topics is explored. Troy University’s IT department capitalizes on personal compassion for the online safety of youth and the experience of its information security experts to craft a presentation that draws from years of real-life experiences. Troy University houses a state-of-the-art computer forensics institute and lab. The facility serves as a regional training and investigative unit for computerbased crime. Years of field experience has afforded Troy’s presenters a unique perspective into the malicious activities that can result through inappropriate use of technology. Visit Troy University’s web presence for additional information, presentation scheduling and educational resources,

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