The Rockland Family Shelter is hosting a free public forum from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday that will offer parents tips on how they can keep their children safe while they surf the Internet. The forum is being held at the shelter’s walk-in office at 9 Johnsons Lane in New City.
The shelter, which advocates for abused women and children, is holding the forum with Real Life, Real Talk, a program which encourages parents to speak openly with their children about sex and other issues.
During his presentation to parents on Tuesday evening, Rockland Sheriff’s Department Computer Crime Task Force Detective Ken Procopio will focus on websites like MySpace and Facebook, which are used in great numbers by teenagers. The task force focuses on sexual crimes against children on the Internet, along with identity thefts and other frauds.
The shelter cited a Youth Internet Safety Survey-Online Victimization 2003 survey of 10 to 17-year-old. The shelter said the survey found that one in five teenagers reported receiving a sexual solicitation while on the Internet.
To attend the free program, call the shelter at 845-634-3391.
The shelter also runs a 24-hour hotline for free confidential, multilingual residential services for those experiencing sexual violence or being physically abused. The number is 845-634-3344.
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