Putting on the Armor of God in the Digital Age: Internet Safety for Youth

Presented by: David Handy

As a homeschooling father of teenagers, I want to help you avoid dangers on the Internet, including: viruses and spyware, identity theft, cyber bullying, exposure to pornography, widely believed but false Internet rumors, health and financial scams, privacy issues, posting things you’ll really regret later, and, yes, just wasting time. I also want to teach you something about how the Internet works. Your computers and phones are just the tip of a huge, unseen iceberg of data centers and infrastructure. I want you to learn who pays the billions of dollars that “free” services cost, and ponder the implications. I will share statements made by LDS general authorities on use of the Internet. I will encourage youth to work closely with their parents, and recommend things you can do with your parents to make everyone’s Internet experience safer, with demonstrations and examples.


David Handy is the husband of a wonderful wife and enjoys being the homeschooling dad of his four great children. David’s father taught him about computers and electronics from a young age. He started writing computer programs at age 12 and got his first programming job at age 18. David served in the Micronesia-Guam Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1986 to 1988. After his mission he went to Ricks College and then finished his degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at BYU in 1993, with minors in Japanese and Mathematics. David’s professional experience includes circuit design at Intel for the Pentium Pro microprocessor, software development for an international telecommunications company, and developing business management software for SAS Institute. David believes in lifelong education.

He has enjoyed taking karate classes with his sons, learning Chinese with one of his daughters, studying American and world history, and keeping up with the latest developments in science and technology. He feels eternally indebted to his father and other good men who mentored him as a youth. He has taught many science and computer programming classes for youth in his area of North Carolina in an effort to “pay forward” the debt.

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