Dakota Family Night spotlights safety in cyberspace – Macomb Daily

Tech-savvy families might find they still have a few lessons to learn about online safety when a new cybersecurity-focused family night comes to Dakota High School.

Dakota High School, located at 21051 21 Mile Road in Macomb Township, will be the site of Family Night Out: Are You Safe in Cyberspace? September 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the atrium. Parents planning to attend the event with children are recommended to bring at least seventh graders. Registration is required by September 26, but the event is free. Registration is available at forms.office.com/r/MMzrAXqZYD. Additional information may be obtained by contacting Stephanie Lange, Dakota High School Student Aid Specialist, at [email protected], 586-723-2872.

Lange said the first Family Night Out event held in Dakota since 2020, when a similar forum regarding the dangers of the teen drug trend was held at the school.

Cybersecurity will be the topic of an upcoming Family Night Out event at Dakota High School on September 27. dangerous teenage drug trends. (PHOTO COURTESY OF STÉPHANIE LANGE)

“Slowly we started the in-person events again, we thought we’d give it a try and see if the community is ready,” Lange said.

Lange said that as COVID-19 creates increased use of technology, cybercriminals are becoming savvier about how to target students specifically.

“Since COVID and so many other things involving technology, scammers have come out in droves with new scams to try and steal identities. It seemed like a good topic,” Lange said.

The speaker will be David Alley, a special agent with Homeland Security Investigations. Alley has expertise in child exploitation investigations as well as the collection and forensic examination of digital evidence.

“Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) will share critical information about the dangers of the Internet. The goal is to help students stay safe while online. HSI will provide the latest information on techniques used by predators who seek to treat, lure and harm children, by exploiting internet applications. HSI will also provide the steps children can take and the resources available to protect them from predators, as well as how to report suspicious activity,” said a Homeland Security Investigations spokesperson in an email to the Macomb Daily.

Families participating in the Family Night Out event will also join in small group discussions, led by Dakota High School students who will work in teams of two at each table, and are trained in how to lead a discussion and to keep things on topic to be taught. leadership experiences. Discussions will focus on cybersecurity issues and their impact. Meals will also be available during the event.

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