About Ben Halpert

Ben Halpert is the VP of Risk and Corporate Security at Ionic Security, Inc. and the founder of Savvy Cyber Kids. Learn more.

A Typical Afternoon of Digital Parenting Today’s Youth (also known as my child)

2018-04-17T21:46:59+00:00 April 18, 2018|Blog|

While at home awaiting the arrival of my sweet child from middle school, I received (and answered) the following text messages. My first thought was “Oh, sh*t.” Then I took a deep breath. “You got this, tell her you will talk about it when she gets home.”  See what I did there, I responded with ‘we will TALK about it.” Having conversations around technology use with your family should be a DAILY occurance. My second thought was “OK, here we go! Time to pull out the Digital Parenting Savvy Cyber Kids cyberhero skills. So, here is what I did. STEP [...]

The Real You vs. Social Media You: How Social Media Is Shaping People’s Perception Of You

2018-04-13T18:58:18+00:00 April 8, 2018|Blog|

No need to wait for a new year to roll around for a little introspection that can always be a helpful and healthful approach to making positive changes in your life. Maybe you are taking some time to take stock of the past and to make plans for the future. As you go through this process, don’t forget to take a moment and scroll back on your social media accounts. Do you recognize yourself from your posts? Is your social media persona a true representation of you? Is it your best self? Or sometimes maybe not the self you would [...]

Online Shopping… Is It Safe?

2018-03-12T15:35:44+00:00 March 28, 2018|Blog|

Many of us already rely on online shopping for our everyday needs, likely from known retailers we return to on a regular basis. While you may feel comfortable making online purchases, be careful when shopping for unique gifts, specialty items or if you come across a terrific deal. Don't forget to stay safe online. Shopping from the convenience of your couch, commuter train or local coffee shop, using phones, tablets and other mobile devices, might be the easy choice, just not necessarily the safe choice. Unlike gift certificates, your data doesn’t expire and you could unknowingly be shopping for friends [...]

How To Respond to Your Child’s Cyber Ethics Mistake

2018-03-12T15:35:34+00:00 March 18, 2018|Blog|

There is one thing you can bet on about kids. They will make mistakes. Maybe it’s their under-developed brains that can’t entirely weigh consequences until somewhere around their mid-20’s. Or maybe it’s just the very process of growing up. Kids try new things. They explore. Curiosity and desire rule their minds. This has and will always be true. What’s different now is that kids growing up in the Digital Age can, without much effort, make tremendously bad decisions that can haunt them for the rest of their lives. It’s up to us, as Digital Parents, to make sure that young [...]

To Post or Not To Post?

2018-03-12T15:35:19+00:00 March 8, 2018|Blog|

As a young person growing up in the Digital Age, your voice has tremendous reach thanks to social media platforms. From Snapchat to Instagram to Twitter and more, you can assert yourself as you wish: to express, to challenge, to inform—and also, to criticize, to mock, to gloat, to hurt and to bait—really whatever you want to say because you live in America and have freedom of speech, right? Nope. That’s not what freedom of speech is. And this is a civics lesson that you need to understand before your social media—or any other public behavior—smacks you in the ass. [...]

A Credit Freeze Can Keep You And Your Loved Ones Safe

2018-02-05T16:15:36+00:00 February 28, 2018|Blog|

Identity theft is on the rise. According to Javelin Strategy & Research, more than 15 million consumers—one in every 16 U.S. adults—were victims of identity theft in 2016. While chip technology reduced card-cloning by 52 percent, criminal activity increased 40 percent in card-not present fraud, like online purchases where chips are not necessary. Meanwhile, high-jacking of existing accounts rose 31 percent and new account fraud increased over 20 percent. For more details on different types of identity theft and how you can prevent it, read Identity Theft Prevention & Identity Theft Response. Dishearteningly, children are at greater risk for identity [...]

A Parent’s Guide to Sexting Emojis

2018-02-05T16:15:18+00:00 February 8, 2018|Blog|

Ever wonder what your kids are saying with texting slangs and sexting emojis? A new coming of age movie, Blockers, starring John Cena, Leslie Mann, and Ike Barinholtz as the traditionally-minded parents who discover their daughters’ prom night “sex pact,” comedically puts it out there… the traumas of parenting in the digital age. Can you decipher what this screenshot from Blockers is saying? The chart will help! Emoji Descriptions Usage Monkey with hand over mouth Speak-No-Evil Monkey Monkey with hands over mouth Did I really say that? I didn’t want to say that My lips are sealed I won’t say anything In response to "Are you [...]

The Right Age for a First Phone

2018-02-03T16:06:38+00:00 January 28, 2018|Blog|

Before we start this chat off with some preachy, scientific-based but potentially somewhat tone-deaf-to-reality blanket statements, let’s look at what is actually happening with today’s youth. The average age for a child getting their first smartphone is now 10-years-old. 64% of kids have access to the internet via their own devices, compared to 42% in 2012. 39% of kids get a social media account at 11-years-old. On average, kids in the 4th and 5th grades have their hands on a powerful device that leaves them unsupervised and open to a whole lot of trouble. Whatever trouble they can get into, [...]

Suit Up, It’s Time to Put Your Cyber Superhero Identity to Use

2018-01-19T04:28:41+00:00 January 18, 2018|Blog|

What, you don’t have a cyber super hero identify? Cyber villains are on the loose and armed like never before. Equifax + Alteryx = your mere mortal identity information is on the loose. And the cyber villains are using everything they can find in the wild to launch their attack! If we take a page from the latest super hero films from DC (Wonder Woman and Justice League) and Marvel (Spiderman: Homecoming and Doctor Strange), we can see how having an alternate identity can help you protect your real identity and do your part to rid the world of the [...]

Identity Theft Prevention & Identity Theft Response

2018-01-19T04:29:04+00:00 January 8, 2018|Blog|

Technology and convenience go hand-in-hand, right? It’s true. We can now conduct our personal and professional business activities online in ways that hardly could have been imagined even just a few years ago. But, like with everything else, there is a price to pay for added convenience. And in this case, there are very real threats to security when putting your private information online…a necessary step to accessing technology conveniences. Unfortunately, identity theft — where personal information such as your full name or social security number is stolen to commit fraud — is more common than we like to admit. [...]