Safety in a Digital World

Digital Citizenship:

Ways to be online without going over the line

Dr. Tim Conrad, co-author of “Digital Danger: If You Think Your Kid is Safe Online, Think Again,” spoke to Princeton High School students about “Digital Self-Defense” at grade level assemblies on November 14, 2017.

Students were inspired by Conrad’s words about the upside and downside of social media.

“I was surprised to hear that private chats aren’t really private,” Julie Hemmerle, Princeton sophomore stated. “I knew that I shouldn’t share my passwords with friends, but I never thought of what could happen by not locking my phone.”

“I never worried about how “Liking” someone else’s post would reflect on me.” Junior Saniah Donald reflected, “I just Liked things because they were funny, but now I’m going to be more aware of the posts that I Like.”

Freshman Jadale Rucker-Harris added, “I learned about the legal issues of using my phone and that engineers are working behind the scenes to drive us to use technology more often.”

Conrad is dedicated to the prevention of internet-related crimes by equipping parents and students with principles, strategies and tools to safely navigate the digital world.

In addition to today’s social media assemblies, Dr. Conrad will be presenting to parents on November 28, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. at Matthews Auditorium, 150 Viking Way, Cincinnati, OH 45241. This free event is open to the public.

Conrad will speak with parents about the challenges of keeping their kids safe online.  He will offer practical advice and tips on topics including password protection, emoji use and locking devices.  He will discuss five new apps that parents should be aware of their children may be using.  Conrad’s perspective and professional background provides guidance for parents to take control of their family’s online presence.

Dr. Tim Conrad received his B.S., M.A. and Ph.D. from the Ohio State University. Licensed as a teacher, professional counselor and school counselor; certified as a career coach, Dr. Conrad has taught at the Ohio State University, the University of Dayton, Capital University and Ashland University. His current area of research is “Ethics, boundaries and social media.”

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courtesy of Princeton City Schools Website

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