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.

“Are You Using Me Too Much?,” said No Device Ever

2017-12-18T20:02:56+00:00 December 27, 2017|Blog|

2018 Is Around The Corner, Is It Time for A Tech Diet? It’s almost 2018 and tech is here to stay. No amount of inventive family activity planning, no screen time limits and no software or parental control can eliminate the presence of screens from our lives. Screens in every shape and form are in our kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms, offices and classrooms. Screens have found their way into restaurants and museums and are found on outdoor signage and in public transportation too. And if we are being honest with ourselves, we are all guilty—from toddlers with iPhones to pre-teens [...]

Is Someone on the Internet Blackmailing Your Teen?

2017-12-18T19:16:39+00:00 December 17, 2017|Blog|

Here’s a math problem for you to ponder. What do get when you combine TEENS, their natural CURIOSITY ABOUT SEX and their generational comfort with COMMUNICATING ONLINE alongside their biological limitations in making SAFE AND APPROPRIATE decisions with access to internet-enabled SCREENS that connect them to their FRIENDS without parental supervision? But here’s the kicker. Let ‘FRIENDS’ represent someone your teen may NOT know IN REAL LIFE, someone who may be MISREPRESENTING who they are, someone who is GROOMING your teen to trust them, someone who, simply put, is A BAD GUY. And this bad guy is patiently trolling on [...]

Technology in the Classroom Comes with Digital Baggage

2017-12-18T19:16:15+00:00 December 7, 2017|Blog|

Technology lives and breathes in classrooms across the country. While schools may vary in their level of integration or by the grade-level introduction, what was once something of a controversy, technology education has pretty much become standard fare from K to 12. We can ask ourselves if this is good or bad or if the evidence supports that educational outcomes have been improved by this change, and opinions will vary. But the salient questions every parent must be asking are: What are the implications of this embrace of tech in the classroom? Are your kids getting more than they asked [...]

Have You Talked to your Kid about Hard-Core Pornography?

2017-10-24T15:59:29+00:00 November 28, 2017|Blog|

What does Kids + Access to Technology mean to you? I’m sorry to tell you this but it means that your kids have or will come face-to-face with seriously sexual topics with the click of a button. I’m not talking about soft pornography. I’m talking about hardcore sex like bestiality, bondage and teen rape. These are only a small subset of hard-core pornography categories that are freely accessible from any device connected to the Internet with a screen. Your child would never watch such videos? He/she doesn’t explore on the web? He/she is too young? Hmmm. OK—but the statistics on [...]

The Risk of Being An Early Adopter

2017-11-17T19:33:32+00:00 November 18, 2017|Blog|

Why I’m staying away from Amazon’s latest technology for now. I get it. You love technology innovation. You want the latest and greatest gadgets, the ones that will help you be better, faster, smarter and more impactful in your personal and professional lives. I get it because I am the same way. But sometimes, being an early adopter has its drawbacks. Sometimes, you need to take a step back and consider the risks with early adoption. Sometimes being an early adopter of technology means that: You will deal with bugs or glitches in a new product or an evolving product. [...]

Put on Your Cape, We Need Your Help!

2017-11-14T14:04:24+00:00 November 8, 2017|Blog|

Since 2007, Savvy Cyber Kids has been fighting to keep our kids' digital playgrounds a safe place to play and learn. No doubt, the online world is littered with dangers and pitfalls that we need our kids to understand so that they can thrive online. Savvy Cyber Kids first began with The Savvy Cyber Kids at Home book series, picture books for 3 -7-year-olds that introduce online safety messages at the same ages when kids are learning to look both ways when they cross the street and not to talk to strangers. Back then, little existed to teach our youngest [...]

It’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month… What’s On Your Mind?

2017-10-23T21:39:25+00:00 October 25, 2017|Blog|

It’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month in the United States and each and every one of us needs to do our part to make sure that our online lives are kept safe and secure by being aware of how the technology we use every day actually works. That’s what Savvy Cyber Kids is all about. As parents and teachers, we have a responsibility to guide young people, who are spending a large part of their lives immersed in the digital realm, with a comprehensive cyber ethics education. Cyber ethics topics include privacy, safety, digital reputation, self-image, technology addition, cyber predators, [...]

Gaming the System

2017-10-23T20:28:22+00:00 October 18, 2017|Blog|

Kids like games. So why not use electronic games to teach internet safety principles? Read our latest Student Blog... Games That Teach Cyber Ethics: A middle schooler’s gaming review of Tad’s Profile Panic, Rescue Run, Password Plunder, and Cyberbully Cyber Attacks. Young people experience their world—academically and personally—through technology now more than ever before. Savvy Cyber Kids delivers the tools and resources to keep them safe online. We also encourage students to join up with Savvy Cyber Kids to learn more about cyber ethics and cyber security issues, alongside a forum to keep their peers up-to-date on the latest information [...]

When It Comes To Tech, The Best Parental Control… Is You!

2017-10-30T18:06:08+00:00 October 11, 2017|Blog|

Have you heard? We are living in the ‘Digital Age’. Got kids? Then you are parenting Digital Natives, young people born into a world that is, if not defined by tech, then certainly surrounded by technology in ever-evolving ways. This means, like it or not, you are a Digital Parent. But what does it mean to digitally parent? From the Savvy Cyber Kids point-of-view we—parents, grandparents, educators and any adult who cares for a young person—have a responsibility to raise cyber aware kids. Their safety, if not their lives, depends on it. Seen with a cyber ethics lens, the Savvy [...]

A Problem of Stranger Danger: Book Review of Textrovert by Lindsay Summers

2017-10-23T20:26:07+00:00 October 4, 2017|Blog|

Students of all ages experience their world—academically and personally—through technology now more than ever. We recently launched a new program where students can submit book, game, and app reviews to have published on the Savvy Cyber Kids Student Blog. Get your kids writing and published (all author names are listed as anonymous unless a parent contacts us and requests the student name be included). Read our latest Student Blog… A Problem of Stranger Danger: Book Review of Textrovert by Lindsay Summers Young people experience their world—academically and personally—through technology now more than ever before. Savvy Cyber Kids delivers the tools [...]