Internet Safety

Information and Communications Technology (ICT)

Internet safety is a hot topic and a big concern for parents, schools and organizations. Many children, adolescents, adults, and employees go online every day through computers, smart phones, personal digital assistants, and even video game that allow players to compete with and to instantly chat with peers and competitors from around the world. Much of the time, online excursions in the cyberspace community are safe. However, it is important to remember that, like any community, there are some people and places that should be approached with caution and others that should be avoided entirely. Even though many of us believe to be technology experts and often feel that we know more about cyberspace than our parents, teachers, or our boss, we need to be made aware of potential dangers.

Administrators/supervisors, teachers, parents, students should be aware of cyber-attacks and the harm it can do to others. Prevention of cyberspace-attacks may include the following are some beginning measures:

  • Specific policies and legislations to address cyberspace-attacks in the workplace, schools and other communities
  • Monitoring of students’ computer use at school by teachers and at home by parents
  • Use of filtering or tracking software
  • Following up actively on any reports of cyberspace-attacks
  • Identifying victims of cyberspace-attacks and following up with school, administrators, law enforcement and parents
  • Curriculum for educational environment, workplace, and home to address cyberspace safety, proper cyber etiquette, procedures, and ethics that include bystander protocol, safety planning and crisis intervention

Dr. Vera provides Assessment, psycho-education, training and treatment related to trauma related symptoms due to Cyber Attacks.

For more information please contact me at 303-960-6710 or drvera@verapsychology.com

Unlike human predators prior to the Information Age, iPredators rely upon the multitude of benefits offered by Information and Communications Technology [ICT]. These assistances include exchange of information over long distances, rapidity of information exchanged and the seemingly infinite access to data available. Malevolent in intent, iPredators habitually deceive others using ICT in the abstract and artificial electronic universe known as cyberspace…