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Are Your Children as Safe as You Might Think?

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Many parents today were the children of the 70’s, 80’, and 90’s.  I fall within this category so I can relate to those who had a “street lights” curfew.  Our parents certainly had concerns for our safety, but once we were inside the house or the classroom, those concerns were (for the most part) mitigated.  The harsh reality is that today’s children are subjected to victimization anywhere that they can access the internet or a cell phone.  We owe it to our children to educate ourselves in keeping them safe online, and through the other forms of modern technology.  For this reason, Frankfort Police and the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office have partnered to offer education on this subject.

On August 18th, 2016, Frankfort Police hosted the first Internet Safety course at FPD Headquarters.  The class was attended by both parents and their pre-teen/teen children.  The curriculum was created by Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky, and covers everything from the online abbreviations that young people are using to tools parents need to safeguard internet searches.  Police have seen a rapid increase in the victimization of children through “sexting” as well as online predators that exploit social media to contact children.  To quote a slide from the course “Would you send your child into a party alone with thousands of people that you don’t know?”

It can certainly be an uncomfortable subject, but it is one that is very worthwhile to address.  This course can be an excellent tool for parents to initiate the dialogue about online/cellphone safety with their children.  Our goal is to provide the tools that parents need to keep their children safe even when the street lights are on, and the kids are playing in their bedroom.

The next two classes are scheduled for October 4th and December 5th from 6:30 PM until 8:30 PM at FPD Headquarters.  To facilitate open discussion the classes are capped at fifteen participants.  If the demand is high through our next two courses more may be scheduled in 2017.  Anyone who has interest in attending is encouraged to contact Officer Marie Allen for scheduling, or more information about the course at mallen@frankfort.ky.gov.

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Kentucky

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