The arrest Tuesday of a 24-year-old Pennsauken, N.J., man on charges of luring two 15-year-old girls he contacted online to abandoned parking lots for sex, brings up the issue: how can parents keep children safe when there are strangers contacting them on Facebook and through texting.
Yesterday, a public relations person sent a notice of a forum on Internet Safety & Children that will be held Thursday, May 24, at 5 p.m. at ACLAMO offices, 512 W. Marshall St., Norristown.
The forum is aimed at Spanish-speaking parents and guardians, and their children, but perhaps it can be repeated for English-speaking audiences.
“We’ll share news you can use and assist in helping children safely navigate the Net,” said publicist Jennifer Bilotta.
The forum is sponsored by Comcast and ACLAMO of Montgomery.
Experts, including Montgomery County first assistant DA Kevin Steele, will describe real-life examples of online dangers - and share tips and practical steps to keep families safe online so that children don’t become victims of fraud, identity theft or cyber-crime.
Included in Bilotta’s release is this form that can be signed by family members:
INTERNET SAFETY PLEDGE
1. I will not give out personal information such as my address, telephone number, parent’s work address, or the name and location of my school without my parent’s permission.
2. I will tell my parents right away if I come across any information that makes me feel uncomfortable.
3. I will never agree to get together with someone I “meet” online without first checking with my parents. If my parents agree to the meeting, I will be sure that it is in a public place and bring a parent along.
4. I will never send a person my picture or anything else without first checking with my parents.
5. I will not respond to any messages that are mean or in any way make me feel uncomfortable. It is not my fault if I get a message like that. If I do I will tell my parents right away.
6. I will talk with my parents so that we can set up rules for going online and using a mobile phone. We will decide upon the time of day that I can be online, the length of time I can be online and appropriate areas for me to visit. I will not access other areas or break these rules without their permission.
7. I will not give out my passwords to anyone (even my best friends) other than my parents.
8. I will check with my parents before downloading or installing software or doing anything that could possibly hurt our computer or mobile device or jeopardize my family’s privacy.
9. I will be a good online citizen and not do anything that hurts other people or is against the law.
10. I will help my parents understand how to have fun and learn things online and teach them things about the Internet, computers and other technology.
I agree to the above.
Child sign here
I will help my child follow this agreement and will allow reasonable use of the Internet as long as these rules and other family rules are followed.
Parent(s) sign here