March 21, 2012. The Safe Surfin’ Foundation conducted a two-day symposium at the Carroll County High School in Central Virginia for nearly 3,000 participants. The response was impressive as not only students and teachers attended but concerned parents and leaders from the community.
“The attendance doesn’t really shock me considering the seriousness of the epidemic we are children are facing each day when they go online,” says Ron Porter of the Safe Surfin’ Foundation.
Porter made his presentation to the parents in the community encouraging them to become more involved in their children’s online world. “I can’t make a parent do something but I can suggest the techniques,” said Porter.
Sheriff’s Deputy Randy Smith with ten-years experience in child Internet safety was the primary instructor for all the students in Grades 2-12.
Smith warned the crowd of teenagers, “Children are actually taking images of themselves and sending them to a friend or boyfriend or girlfriend and not realizing that picture is out there as a fingerprint for the rest of their lives.”
A ‘special addition’ was the introduction of “A girl named Danielle”, Safe Surfin’s Teen Victim spokesperson, who addressed the middle-age and high school students.
Danielle is helping law enforcement in the fight against internet crimes, but two years ago, then Danielle, 14, was the victim of an online predator. Wade shared her terrifying tale with Carroll County High School students Friday morning. Nearly all of them are active on social media.
Safe Surfin’ Foundation would like to thank the Officers of the Moose International fraternal organization’s, Lodge # 733, of Galax, Virginia for participating and supporting these events. “Their dedication to this community should be commended,” Porter said during a panel discussion with local law enforcement officials, as well as School officials, and the Carroll County Commonwealth Attorney.