The Safe Surfin’ Foundation created a wave of Internet awareness and education for students in California schools. Flanked with their National Celebrity Spokesman, Erik Estrada, the team made presentations to over 4,000 high school students in Los Angeles County, California.
Deputy Randy Smith the Foundation’s Director of Education, has conducted dozens of Internet safety programs across the country over the past year; but in California he witnessed something a bit different. “I was amazed at the number of students that approached me following the presentations. From cyber-bulling to actual sexual exportation the students responded with direct questions regarding their day-to-day Internet usage,” Smith stated.
Smith and Estrada met with politicians, school superintendents, principles and teachers to discuss the technology challenges students are facing in California schools.
The Safe Surfin’ Foundation went to California at the request of school officials in the Los Angeles area. Because the response was positive Sheriff Mike Brown is considering opening a satellite Safe Surfin’ office on the west coast. Brown explained, “Because the numbers of online predators are increasing the opportunity to educate more kids on Internet safety is the purpose of the Safe Surfin’ Foundation.”
Brown is currently organizing an infrastructure to open a Safe Surfin’ Foundation location on the west coast. The Honorable Hugo Rojas, President of the Hawthorne Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and School Board Member for the Centinela Valley Union School District understands the serious need to have such an organization in his area. “I would be honored to serve under Sheriff Brown in facilitating his efforts. We need an organization like Safe Surfin’ in California,” Rojas said.
Deputy Officer Daryl Williams and associate to Erik Estrada has agreed to lead an inquiry committee to form a west coast office. For now, the Safe Surfin’ Foundation is organizing and preparing for more educational tours to California after the summer break.