I am a junior high student in the Puyallup School District, and I recently listened to Officer Lynn Mock’s cyber-safety presentation at my school. Most of my friends have a Facebook account, MySpace or other social network pages. I don’t personally have one, but the information at the presentation definitely opened my eyes to possible “predators” who want to threaten my safety.
I was amazed at how much information people can find out on these social networking sites. Officer Mock’s presentation showed a man who posed as multiple teenagers on Facebook and “friended” kids my age to eventually sexually abuse them. I feel blessed to now understand the reality that the Internet, as useful as it is, can be an extremely dangerous place for me.
Everyone needs to be careful about what personal information they put on the Internet. Parents, watch your children closely while they are on the computer, be aware what information is posted and who they are talking to.
I want to thank Officer Mock of the Gig Harbor Police Department for taking the time to talk to us about Internet safety and bully prevention.