Category Archives: Podcast

The Metaverse: Virtual World, Real Dangers Cybertraps 123

New Item: British Journalist Yinka Bokinni led production of a documentary, “Inside the Metaverse: Are You Safe?”, which is airing on UK Channel 4 later today https://www.channel4.com/programmes/inside-the-metaverse-are-you-safe-dispatches She posed as both a 22-year-old woman and a 13-year-old girl The interactions horrified her What Is the Metaverse? Portmanteau of “meta” (“after” or “beyond”) and “universe” –…

Can We Stop Cyberbullying and Electronic Harassment? Cybertraps 122

News Item: Colorado Supreme Court Strikes Down Electronic Harassment Ban Three Speech-Related Crimes: Cyberbullying Using electronic communication tools to bully someone Cyber- or Electronic Harassment Online harassment (suggests a pattern of behavior more extensive than cyberbullying) Cyberstalking Harassment using electronic communications that creates fear of physical harm or injury Thanks to social media, these behaviors…

April 2022 is National Child Abuse Prevention Month CYbertraps 120

White House Proclamation Goals Condemn and combat child abuse – physical, emotional, sexual, and online sexual exploitation Heighten awareness of risk factors Highlight importance of supporting families Child abuse occurs at all socioeconomic and educational levels, and in all religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds Key tool for fighting child abuse is prevention Child Abuse Statists…

Ransomware in Schools Cybertraps 119

Ransomware is a growing problem for organizations, including schools What is it? How does it happen? Why does it happen? $$$ – $7bn in 2021 Who’s doing it? We are all on the front lines now Problems for Schools Down time for school personnel, distraction from mission Inability to access data; closure of schools Loss…