Thursday, October 7, 2010

Cyberbullying and other internet risks

The unfortunate events of recent weeks have reminded us all of the incredible potential of the internet, for both good and bad. We all know that cyberbullying, big and small, is happening all of the time, but we often wonder what we can do about it, how we can protect the kids in our lives. I'd like to share a special resource with you.

The Pensacola Police Department has an informative presentation about cyberbullying and other internet risks which often affect teens. There are two versions, ones for teens and one for adults. I have been fortunate enough to have seen the adult version, and it is amazing, though, unfortunately, quite depressing. It definitely sticks with you and provides incentive and ideas for talking about the dangers with kids. The PPD provides this presentation in various forums, and if you have a group that might be interested in seeing the presentation, please contact Chris Wilkinson.

While most often we think that the police just chase down bad guys or give out tickets, they provide a range of services, including presentations such as this, online crime mapping, and the Are You O.K.? and Take Me Home program, to enhance the safety of our citizens. I hope that you will take advantage of these programs so that together we can work to keep our community safe.