R U Paying A10tion to Give Parents Pointers on Shielding Children from Online Predators


    The statistics from the state Attorney General are scary 79 percent of teens say they arent careful enough when giving out information about themselves online. Sixty-four percent of teens say they do things online that they wouldnt want their parents to know about. And one in five children has been sexually solicited online only 25 percent of those who were told a parent.


    In an effort to combat statistics like these, Hatboro-Horsham School District held an Internet Safety Forum on Thursday, October 4th at 7 p.m. at Keith Valley Middle School, 227 Meetinghouse Road in Horsham. The Forum was led by representatives from the Montgomery County District Attorney's office,  local law enforcement officers and school district personnel and included the following segments:


     · Who does your child let into your house at night?

    Presented by Ray Kuter, a certified forensic computer examiner and Montgomery County Detective from the Internet Crimes against Children taskforce of the Montgomery County District Attorneys office


    · A Law Enforcement Perspective

    Presented by Todd Stephens, Assistant District Attorney Captain of the Sex Crimes Unit, Montgomery County District Attorneys office


    · Acceptable Internet Behavior

    Presented by the Hatboro and Horsham Police Departments


    · Parental Empowerment

    Presented by Keith Valley Guidance Counselor


    · A Parents Real life story

     At the end of the presentation, there was an opportunity for parents to ask questions. Parents were also  invited to sign up for additional workshops which will be held on November 1st. The workshops, which will be presented by the districts technology education staff members will include topics such as Tools to Keep Children Safe Online and Social Networking.  
    Registration for the Internet Safety Parent Workshops can be completed online at www.hatboro-horsham.org/internetsafety by clicking on November 1st on the calendar tab.  


    The forum and workshops are being presented by ASSIST, Hatboro-Horshams Safe Schools Internet Task Force. The group is an extension of the districts Safe Schools Committee which was formed last year. In addition to organizing these events, ASSIST has been involved in developing an Internet safety curriculum for students in grades K-12 that will be integrated into various curricular areas