Police to expose dangers of Internet

DOWNEY - The Downey Police Department will hold a seminar June 2 to educate parents and adults about the growing dangers the Internet poses to children.In a press release, new Police Chief Rick Esteves said he has made it "a top priority to protect children against child predators." Esteves created the department's new "Hi-Tech Crime Unit" to capture online child predators. Topics to be discussed at the presentation include the dangers of social networking sites, including MySpace and Facebook; child predators that troll the Internet; understanding texting language and the dangers of sending pictures via phones and computers; dangers of peer-to-peer computer programs such as Bearshare and LimeWire; up-to-date information on Internet crimes, such as cyber bullying, harassment, intimidation, etc.; and Internet tracking methods that can be used to monitor your child's computer activity. The presentation begins at 7 p.m. at the Barbara J. Riley Community and Senior Center. It is free and open to the public. No reservations are necessary. The presentation is geared toward parents and adults. For more information, call Detective Ron Gee at (562) 904-2331 or Sgt. Brian Baker at (562) 904-2304.

********** Published: May 21, 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 5