The River Vale Police Department and the Hillsdale Police Department, in conjunction with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Computer Crimes Unit, will be presenting an in-depth presentation about online safety hosted by the River Vale and Hillsdale School Districts on Monday, April 20, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Holdrum Middle School (393 Rivervale Road, River Vale, NJ 07675). The presentation, entitled “Digital Dangers: An Online Awareness Seminar for Parents,” is a comprehensive examination of today’s Internet and the dangers that lurk thereon.
This presentation is an integral function of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Computer Crimes Unit. Through education and outreach to the community, the Computer Crimes Unit hopes to raise parents’ awareness of the dangers that are only a mouse-click away from their children’s grasp.
Through their dynamic, intriguing and eye-opening presentation, the Computer Crimes Detectives hope to educate parents about the seedier side of the Internet. The goals of this presentation are to discuss an overview of today’s technology, to highlight current Internet trends, and to illustrate the associated risks facing children of all ages. These risks include inappropriate content, online solicitation, online privacy concerns, sexting, and cyberbullying. After what will be a shocking display of these dangers associated with online activity, they will turn to preventative measures and effective solutions to protect children, many of whom know more about computers than the average parent.
“The explosion of the Internet has proven to be most influential with the youngest of generations, namely our children,” said Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli. He continued, “Protecting them on the World Wide Web, a truly unregulated atmosphere, is a tremendous task that needs to begin at home, where children are indeed most vulnerable.”
With Internet accessible devices as a principal component of today’s society, the World Wide Web and all of its users are essentially invited into the privacy of every home in Bergen County and beyond. Parents seldom realize the depth and breadth of a limitless connection to the rest of the globe via a seemingly harmless Internet connection in their own living room. Yet, it is exactly that link which needs proper supervision to preserve the safety of children online.
The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Computer Crimes Unit, including the complementary Bergen County Computer Crimes Task Force, consists of Investigators from around the County and has the vast responsibility of deterring and detecting Internet crime. To that end, Detectives who combat Internet crime have recognized that their approach must also include a strong education initiative involving parents and children who are connected. This proactive mechanism is in place in order to prevent children in Bergen County from stumbling into areas of the Internet where they can fall prey.
Prosecutor John Molinelli and Chief Carmen Martino urge all parents and guardians to attend this online safety presentation. It is their hope that by having skilled, well-versed computer crimes Investigators, coupled with parents armed with a working knowledge of the Internet and its pitfalls, the children of this County are wellprotected in their online lives.
For additional information about this event, please contact your school administrator or: River Vale Police: Detective Sergeant John DeVoe via JDeVoe@RiverValeNJ.org Hillsdale Police: Detective William Diedtrich via WDiedtrich@HillsdalePolice.com