The Internet provides us with the ability to conveniently access and exchange information worldwide. It has forever changed how we communicate with friends, family, and within our work environment. Unfortunately, it also provides an anonymous platform for predators, putting our most vulnerable at risk. A
published in the American Psychologist showed an estimated one in 25 youths had received sexual solicitation while online, where the solicitor tried to make offline contact. In a Pew Internet and American Life
, 32% of teenagers who used the Internet, reported being victims of cyberbullying.
The Farmington Police Department’s school resource officers (SROs) are working to educate children, teens, and parents about how to combat these types of Internet dangers. On March 18, FPD will host a parent night where attendees will learn about potential dangers associated with the Internet, cell phones, and gaming devices. Officers will also provide tips on how to safeguard youth against these dangers and what to do should they encounter them.
Together, we can help make the Internet a fun and safe learning environment for our children!