Police to discuss Internet safety tonight

The Downey Police Department will host a second Internet safety presentation today at 7 p.m. inside City Council chambers at City Hall.The presentation is open to the public and geared towards parents and adults. Admission is free and no reservations are necessary. Police officers will discuss the dangers of social networking sites, including MySpace and Facebook; child predators using the Internet; understanding texting language and the dangers of sending photos via phones and computers; dangers of peer-to-peer sites such as Bearshare and Limewire; up-to-date information on Internet crimes such as cyber bullying, harassment and intimidation; and Internet tracking methods that can be used to monitor your child's computer activity. Due to the sensitive material to be discussed, children are asked not to attend. The police department hosted an Internet safety class in June that drew more than 100 residents and parents. Over the last few months, the department's High-Tech unit has actively pursued those who use the Internet in an attempt to victimize young people. "Experience has shown that by educating the public in this ever evolving area, parents can be at the forefront on protecting their children from online predators," the department said in a statement. For more information, call Detective Ron Gee at (562) 904-2331, Detective Tim Lau at (562)‚Äà904-4017 or Sgt. Brian Baker at (562) 904-2304.

********** Published: November 4, 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 29