Safe Surfin' In Carroll County

posted Feb 29, 2012, 11:44 AM by Jude Raffeinner   [ updated Jan 23, 2013, 11:22 AM ]
The Safe Surfin' Foundation and Bedford County Sheriff’s Department will be partnering with Carroll County Public Schools in sponsoring a two day Internet Safety Event.

All students in grades 2 through 12 will be participating in program sessions which will be held during the school day on March 22nd and 23rd, 2012.

Topics to be covered with students will include but are not limited to the following: social networking sites (chat rooms, YouTube, FaceBook, MySpace, forums, popups - knowing that information on these sites is not always truthful), gaming sites, copyright related to electronic files including music and images, cyber bullying, giving out personal information on the Internet (what is considered personal information, the dangers imposed by posting it, how sites can trick you into listing personal information - surveys or free give-aways.), cell phones with Internet access and sexting, what do you do if you are online and something happens to make you feel uncomfortable?

Two Special Afternoon/ Evening Sessions

There will be a special session just for teachers from 4:00 – 5:00 PM on Thursday, March 22. Teachers who sign in at this session will be awarded one point of professional development credit. Teachers will receive a ticket for door prizes, including an iPad. Following this session there will be a free meal provided by Carroll County Public Schools Parent Connect from 5:00 to 6:00 in the cafeteria at CCHS.

Beginning at 6:00 PM a session will be held for parents, grandparent, care givers, etc. in Carroll County and the surrounding area in the auditorium at CCHS. Parents are also invited to the free meal from 5:00 – 6:00 PM. Americorps personnel will be providing child care in the gym and in a classroom for those parents who need it. Adults who attend this session will receive a ticket for door prizes, including an iPad.

Topics for these evening sessions will include but are not limited to the following: any of the topics mentioned above for students, what signs might a child exhibit if they are involved in inappropriate behavior on the Internet, sexual predators (how to access online list - AP for phone coming out in March), how to set restrictions on cell phones, setting limits for Internet usage through parental controls, location of computer in the home, how to review Internet access history. At this last session we plan to have a panel of local professionals to answer any questions that participants may have which were not covered during the presentation.

Information from SafeSurfin’ Organization:
• “We want to protect children from online predators through education, because a child’s innocence can never be replaced.”
• “Approximately 3 in 7 children online, between the ages of 10 and 17 years-old, receive a sexual solicitation from a predator over the Internet.”
• “Children are easily manipulated and intimidated, especially when they have a strong desire for attention, validation and affection.”
• “As with any crime, the best way to avoid becoming a victim is to be knowledgeable in the tactics used by the criminals.”