Youth get internet safety tips

While the internet remains a bourgeoning resource for young people, it also poses certain risks.

St-Ignatius high school students heard from Micho Schumann, KPMG’s Senior Manager of IT Advisory who gave a presentation on internet risks on 5 November, offering practical recommendations on how they can better protect themselves when using the internet.

‘The risks are very real and people of all ages should be aware of them and how to protect themselves effectively,’ said Mr. Schumann.

‘This presentation gives very practical information which can be used immediately upon returning home.’

The presentation was developed to answer growing concerns about Internet use by youths, and addressed cyber bullying, Internet predators and identity theft. Other subjects discussed were social networks, chat rooms, online gaming, instant messaging and general Internet use.

An interactive session followed the presentation where students were encouraged to ask questions and share their experiences.

The presentation offered examples of what can happen when participating in popular online activities, as well as how people can inadvertently divulge information that could make them targets for Internet predators in chat rooms and social networks. Mr. Schumann discussed how some of the most popular scams are perpetrated, how to identify them and how to avoid being a target.

‘I believe that our students left the presentation today with a much better understanding of the risks they face and that they can now better protect themselves when online,’ said Peter Embleton, Head of Secondary at St-Ignatius Catholic School.

‘We are grateful to have Micho come in and speak with our students about such an important issue affecting today’s youth.’