‘Teen Danger Zone’ online safety sessions are April 26 at DDHS

From our partners at the Association for the Prevention of Family Violence:
apfv-logoDELAVAN — With free wifi connections popping up and internet-enabled smart phones in citizens’ pockets, it’s easier than ever for online predators to target victims, including teens.

The Association for the Prevention of Family Violence and the Delavan-Darien Community Alliance want you to be safe while online. That’s why at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, the groups are holding adult and teen online safety sessions called “The Teen Danger Zone.” The Sexual Assault Awareness Month event will be held at Delavan-Darien High School, 150 Cummings St., Delavan.

WHAT: “The Teen Danger Zone” — Parent/Teen Online Safety Sessions

WHERE: Delavan-Darien High School, 150 Cummings St., Delavan

WHEN: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, 2016

WHO: Sponsored by the Association for the Prevention of Family Violence and the Delavan-Darien Community Alliance for parents and teens ages 12-18.

WHY: April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Online predators are targeting teens via the Internet. Learn how you can take steps to keep kids safe!

Simultaneous sessions will run that evening to inform Internet users, ages 12 and up, about the dangers that lurk on our web-connected computers, tablets and phones.

Parents will have sessions (available in English and Spanish) that will focus on how teens are targeted by predators online, both known and unknown. Teens are at a higher risk level to be victimized by online predators, hence the event’s name — “The Teen Danger Zone.”

In Walworth County, social media sites are often used to facilitate many cases of sexual assault against a teen. For example, sometimes girls will meet others online who are pretending to be teens. They strike up an ongoing conversations and the predator talks the girl into sending explicit text messages (sexting) and maybe even meeting up. The girl doesn’t find out till later that her “teen crush” is someone much older who is trying to get her to send nude photos or meet for sex.

This parent session will also discuss the role social media plays in acquaintance/classmate assault, and how images can ruin a person’s reputation and life for a long time. It’s not enough for parents to just check if their kids’ use Facebook. Learn about the many other photo-sharing apps that teens use that can put them in danger.

A session for teens, ages 12-18, will talk about predators who troll for teens and the dangers of meeting up with an Internet stranger. APFV representatives will talk about some of the situations they’ve seen where teens thought they knew what they were getting into, but didn’t. They’ll also offer tips so teens can watch out for their friends and siblings and help them stay safe online.

For more information about the event, contact Heidi Lloyd, Executive Director for the Association for Prevention of Family Violence (APFV), at (262) 723-4653 or via email at hlloyd@apfvwalworth.com. Find more information about APFV here: http://www.apfvwalworth.com.

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