These days, criminal activity is just as likely to be found online as it is on the street. Your children have access to websites and apps that expose them to cyberbullying, sexting and even dangerous online predators. The worst part is, you may not know until it’s too late. That’s why it’s so important to learn about and support the SafetyNet®: Smart Cyber Choices® program. Consider this:
- 78% of teens now have cell phones or Internet-enabled smartphones (Pew Internet, 2013). This is one way cyber criminals enter your child’s life.
- 8 in 10 teens use social networking sites (American Public Media, 2013). Not only can teens interact with strangers, that’s often the point.
- More than 30% of San Diego middle school students report being cyberbullied (SafetyNet®2010). Sad, but true.
The largest Internet safety provider in the San Diego region, the SafetyNet® program is a local initiative that educates parents about the threat, outlines actions to take, and raises visibility of the issue. To date, we have trained more than 75,000 students and 2,000 educators on cyber safety. With your help, we can extend that to all 120,000+ middle school students in San Diego County.
SafetyNet® is a collaborative program of the San Diego Police Foundation and the San Diego Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and is made possible by grants from Verizon, ESET, AT&T, The Irving Group, and Walmart.
To schedule a presentation, please call Wendy Waddell at (619) 232-2130, or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more at www.SmartCyberChoices.com.