Internet Safety For Seniors

“The White Hatter"

Understanding Current Digital Technology, and How Seniors Can Help Manage Their On-Line Reputation and Reduce Risk

It was estimated that there were approximately 3 billion people on-line. In a 2012 Microsoft/AARP study, they found that 50% of our seniors are now playing an active roll on-line. As the Internet continues to grow in popularity, seniors are depending upon it at an increasing rate to conduct everyday life, which also includes the sharing of private and at times very sensitive information about themselves with others on-line knowingly, and at times unknowingly. Many seniors who are now on-line use the Internet for communication, education, entertainment, research, business, socializing, and commerce. There is no doubt that the Internet and Social Media have facilitated important connections and amazing accomplishments amongst our seniors. It is a reality however, that the Internet (just like the real world) has also created an on-line virtual environment where thieves, vandals, conartists, and in rare cases sexual predators, will hunt their prey. Unfortunately, many seniors who are using Social Media and the Internet are not always taking the appropriate safety precautions to help mitigate the risks from those who might want to victimize them for a crime. Our Social Media, Internet Safety and Digital Literacy 101 presentation will provide specific information that will help to keep our seniors safer, and increase their privacy while they are interacting with others in the cyber world. Topics discussed in this presentation include:

What is the Internet and Social Networking

Internet  Stats and fact

What are seniors doing on-line

Hardware/Software monitoring/protection issues

What are Chat Rooms, Instant Messaging, and SMS/MMS texting and how to stay safe while using them

Cell phone/ Smart Phone and Web Cam safety

Privacy Concerns

The good and bad of Social Networks such as "Facebook"

Real-life case examples of Internet/Social Media/technology misuse

How to secure your Social Network

Safe Blogging

Safe Commerce

What is Malware and how to protect yourself from it

The dangers of Screen Names and Profiles

Who is the Internet predator

The Predators "grooming" process and the "lures" they use in Chat Rooms and Social Networks to prey upon seniors

How the Internet predator uses "Social Engineering" to build rapport to steal information

Actual Social Engineering examples 

On-line dating safety

Education is the first step in keeping seniors safer in this technology-driven world. Technology is only a tool, we can determine its function & value because it's a conscious choice to do so. Research has shown however, that without good digital literacy education it becomes more challenging for seniors to make the right on-line choices. This presentation is designed to provide seniors with on-line "critical thinking" and decision making strategies that they can apply while participating in the digital world.  Knowledge and the understanding and application of that knowledge is power.  This presentation will provide the pro-active knowledge and information that seniors need to know about the Internet and Social Networking to keep them safer and become more digitally literate, savvy and resilient when on-line.

Shaw TV Segment On Our Internet And Social Media Safety Program

Darren has dedicated his life to public safety and is both a provincial and nationally decorated law enforcement professional. Darren is a serving Staff Sergeant with 29 years of policing experience, as well as a Certified Advanced Open Source Intelligence / Social Media Investigator,  and has a strong interest/background in on-line and social media investigations, safety, security and privacy. Darren is an internationally court recognized personal safety expert, published award winning author and highly sought after keynote speaker, who  specializes in the area of  Personal Safety both on-line and off-line. Darren is deeply immersed in social media, both on and off the job, has taught digital safety for the past 12 years and has written hundreds of articles and a book on Internet and Social Media safety and security. No other company or program can bring the passion, on-line credentials, "real world” police investigative experience and years of  "learned" perspective that we can to this issue, given our unique educational and professional background.  Find our Bio here

Our work in the area of Internet/Social Media Safety was recognized with the prestigious 2013 Social Media Derek K Miller Award  (most inspiring social media user), for our unique work in the area of Internet/Social Media Safety both here in Canada and the United States. We are the only Company in Canada, to be recognized by a very respected panel of  independent North American Social Media Experts for our work in this area.  In 2014,  The Governor General of Canada appointed Darren a Member of the Canadian Order of Merit. Awarded to Darren for his exceptional merit and contributions in his policing career, community service, and his unique work with youth in both online and offline safety. In 2015 Darren and Beth were also awarded the very prestigious British Columbia Community Achievement Award, for their commitment to providing critical information to students in the area of Interent and Social Media safety. In October 2015 Darren also received the 2015 Telus Outstanding Canadian Police Officer/Program Award; a National award that recognizes individuals, programs or organizations that have made a significant impact towards keeping Canadians safer online.

Program Was Recognized By The BC Information & Privacy Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham,  In A 2011 Keynote Address 

" I read a wonderful story in the Victoria Times Colonist newspaper last month about a Victoria Police Staff Sergeant named Darren Laur who poses as a teen on Facebook in order to educate students about privacy and security.  Laur, who is 46, maintained a fake profile for over a year on Facebook using purchased pictures and information gleaned from the Facebook accounts of real teens.  When he made a presentation at Cedar Community Secondary in Nanaimo last month, he had already friended 30 students at that school who had no idea that their "friend" as actually him.  He had done such a convincing job with the profile that one of the real teens even asked the fake teen out on a date.  When Laur revealed during the presentation that he was their friend, students were shocked and pledged to pay more attention to their privacy online." 

Here's What Students, Teachers, Parents, Counsellors and Law Enforcement Are Saying about Our Internet Safety Program

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Seminar Length

2 hours

Seminar Cost: 

Greater Victoria $400.00 (rate includes all taxes).  Outside Greater Victoria please call for quote. We also provide  "free"  access to our Internet and Social Media safety on-line resource page.

Class Size:


Prices listed reflect programs delivered in the Greater Victoria area.  For those who are interested in our programs outside of Greater Victoria, please contact us directly for a quote

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