Fort Bend County Precinct 4 Commissioner Ken DeMerchant advocates for more digital responsibility on Safer Internet Day, which is Tuesday.

To recognize Safter Internet Day, DeMerchant wants all Fort Bend County residents to be aware of some of the dangers on the internet. “Internet safety should not be taken lightly in today’s globally interconnected world,” he said.

Last week, DeMerchant joined with the other county commissioners to approve an action item that will provide cyber security and enhance Fort Bend’s technology services.

“As a software engineer, I know the daily threats from the cyber world, from hacking to phishing, and election machine security. We must safeguard the county of these threats,” DeMerchant said.

“The agenda item is the first step of my pilot program to find innovative ideas to expand the county’s security.”

There are other issues that everyday people face on the internet, including safeguarding it from children and young adults.

Risks children may face on the internet including leaving a digital footprint that can harm them or others. Others include inappropriate material online, spam, cyberbulling and the spread of disinformation.

DeMerchant encourages all parents and teachers to talk to their children and students about internet safety. “Our children are our future, and we must ensure their safety in the ever-changing digital world,” he said.

DeMerchant also said he believes corporations, influencers, and government officials are all charged with this responsibility and should use their platforms to engage with and help make the internet superhighway safe and secure.

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