Youth at BGCLB get lesson from digital safety expert on how to be safe online

With June being Internet Safety Month and students out of school for the summer with more free time to spend online, Cox Communications sponsored a digital safety presentation for nearly 30 youngsters in grades 5-8 at the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach today.

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Jon Moffat is speaking to members from grades 5-8

Southern California-based digital safety expert Jon Moffat of Cyber Education Consulting presented to the youth and covered topics such as being safe online on their mobile phones and while playing online video games. Some key information to the youth included:

–Make sure your online friends are only kids who are your friends in real life.

–Your parents should know all your online friends and followers.

–Don’t download a free app without your parents’ permission.

–If a group chat turns toxic, block or delete the conversation.

–The average age of online video gamers is 31.

–Don’t give your name, address or location to other online gamers.

–When voice chatting, make sure your setting is “friends only.”

A recent Cox Mobile survey found that nearly 1 out of 3 parents said their child had been contacted by a stranger on their mobile phone, and 28% said the stranger referenced their child’s location. For more information and tips on keeping your child safe online, go to www.coxmobilesafety.com.

The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach serves more than 4,000 youth per day in the Laguna Beach, Lake Forest, Aliso Viejo and Mission Viejo areas. The club’s mission is to empower all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential by promoting their healthy social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development.

For more information about the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach and how you can offer support, visit their website at www.bgclagunabeach.org, or call 949.494.2535.


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