Students Learn About Cyber Security

Dyson LeVasseur and Jenna Karrer

To help students understand the importance of cyber security, speaker Richard Guerry gave a presentation on Tues., Jan. 8 in the gym.

“What do you want your children and grandchildren to to be able to find out about you through technology in the future?” Guerry asked.

Guerry is the founder of a non-profit organization called Institute for Responsible Online and Cell-Phone Communication. Through this organization, Guerry travels across the country to speak to both teenagers and adults about internet safety.

“I think people need to be smart and aware that what they do can be seen by a lot of people, but they do not need to be paranoid,” senior Wesley May said.

Guerry discussed the importance of internet safety by telling true stories of people who were negatively affected by the internet and gave tips on how to be smarter and safer on all social media platforms.
“I think cyber security is paramount to children’s safety,” English teacher Mr. Justin Williams said. “Children are abducted as a result of the things that are put on social media.”

The hour-long presentation left students like senior Scott Lutte with more knowledge on the topic.

“Cyber security is an ongoing issue that isn’t addressed very often,” Lutte said. “I will look more into cyber security because it is an interesting topic that has been relevant since the internet first began.”

Towards the end of the presentation, Guerry noted that pinning your location online or posting that you are away on vacation can lead to dangerous situations.

“It’s important to be up to date on technology and the potential dangers that come with using them,” senior Dallas Freed said.