Did you know that 54% of teens (and 10% of tweens [ages 8-12] frequently communicate via instant messaging with someone they’ve never met; 50% via e-mail; and 45% in a chat room (Polly Klaas Foundation)? Unfortunately, along with the increase in Internet useage comes an increased risk of on-line predators. Parents can learn more about keeping their children safe at a free community forum entitled, “Don’t Let Your Child be the Next Victim.” The event, which is being presented by Project Click Safe™, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, October 14, at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Living/Learning Center.
Parents will hear a local victim discuss her experience involving an on-line predator, learn about some of the shocking cases that have taken place right in our own community, and find out what they can do to protect their family.
Featured speakers for the event are Thomas Keirn, criminal investigator, Richland Police Department; Michael Stohon, president, In-Shore Technologies, Inc., and Julie Wagner, detective, Johnstown Police Department.
Project Click Safe™ is a consortium created by the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, five local school districts (Ferndale Area, Greater Johnstown, Richland, Westmont Hilltop, and Windber Area), the City of Johnstown Police Department, Richland Township Police Department, and the Office of Attorney General Tom Corbett. The goal of Project Click Safe™ is to provide technology awareness, education, and resources to minimize the dangers of technology use for our children.
For additional information contact Pitt-Johnstown’s Outreach Office at 814-269-2099. For more information on the project, visit www.projectclicksafe.com.
Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. A vital knowledge center and a foremost contributor to the area’s educational, social, cultural, and economic environment, Pitt-Johnstown offers a high quality educational experience that is purposefully designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.