Parent and School Administrator Guide to Cyber Security for Kids

Here are some effective ways you can keep kids safe when they are online or using technology.

Children at very young ages now either own or have access to cell phones, social media sites and other technologies that may make them more vulnerable to cyber bullying and the advances of sexual predators. There are, however, ways that parents and school personnel can effectively address student online safety issues.

Clay Cranford, who is deputy sheriff for the Orange County (Calif.) Sheriff’s Department is an expert on cyber security for children, and he presented on this topic at Campus Safety Conference West 2016.

In this exclusive interview with Campus Safety magazine, Cranford answers the following questions:

  • When should parents and school staff start talking to kids about the safe use of technology?
  • If a child makes a bad decision by engaging in cyber bullying, sexting or some other cyber offense or is a victim, how should parents and school administrators address the issue?
  • How should school administrators work with parents so students stay safe online? Does zero tolerance work?

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About the Author

Robin Hattersley Gray

Robin has been covering the security and campus law enforcement industries since 1998 and is a specialist in school, university and hospital security, public safety and emergency management, as well as emerging technologies and systems integration. She joined CS in 2005 and has authored award-winning editorial on campus law enforcement and security funding, officer recruitment and retention, access control, IP video, network integration, event management, crime trends, the Clery Act, Title IX compliance, sexual assault, dating abuse, emergency communications, incident management software and more. Robin has been featured on national and local media outlets and was formerly associate editor for the trade publication Security Sales & Integration. She obtained her undergraduate degree in history from California State University, Long Beach.

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