Is your child ready to have a school-issued Chromebook? As a parent, are you feeling anxious or overwhelmed about your child having a school-issued Chromebook? I’m right there with you.
While our kids are excited to have their own Chromebook, there are many hesitations you should have before allowing your child full access to the internet. As an investigator, I am here to make you aware of some dangers of school-issued Chromebooks and give you a few tips to keep your children safe online.
The Carly Ryan Case
15-year-old Carly Ryan believed she was talking to an 18-year-old musician named Brandon Kane. They had met online and they had continued an 18-month relationship of online contact and phone calls. Carly thought she had met her dream boyfriend.
Brandon Kane was actually a 50-year-old predator, Gary Newman. He had spent 18 months winning over Carly. They eventually met in 2007 at a secluded beach in Port Elliott, South Australia where he murdered her. He was found 11 days later in Victoria. Police found him at his computer, logged in as Brandon Kane talking with a 14-year old girl. He was arrested and charged with Carly’s murder.
What is Discord?
If your kids are playing video games, they are likely using Discord to communicate with their friends. While gaming is the most popular category for Discord users, you do not have to be on video games to use this app.
According to discord.com, Discord is a “voice, video, and text communication service used by over a hundred million people to hang out and talk with their friends and communities.” You can share images, videos, and GIFs on Discord, as well as direct messages and video chat. Discord requires users to be at least 13 years old, however, like most social media platforms, there is no verification.
Ken Brooks is the Executive Vice President and COO of NW3C, Inc. d/b/a the National White Collar Crime Center. Ken works alongside the President and CEO overseeing daily operations in both administrative as well as programmatic initiatives. He joined NW3C in 1999 and has served as Special Projects Coordinator, Associate Deputy Director of Operations and Deputy Director of Investigative Support. Before joining NW3C, Ken had a 20-year law enforcement career with the Henrico County Police Department in Virginia. After academy graduation, he performed assignments ranging from uniform operations to investigations.
The Safe Surfin’ Foundation, (SSF), a global not-for-profit, dedicated to the awareness and education of children, parents and teachers on the dangers and realities of internet predators, today announced its agreement to join the Girl Scout Nation’s Capital Program Partners.
As part of the Girl Scout Nation’s Capital Program Partners, the Safe Surfin’ Foundation’s mission and program will be shared with Girl Scout leaders around the globe. In addition, a Girl Scout Badge for Cyber S.W.A.T.™, (Safety While Accessing Technology), will now be part of the Girl Scout Badge Program.
Don’t worry we are still based out of Virginia ❤️ and service the world with education for both parents/guardians and children!!
Once COVID lifts it’s many restrictions we will be available for in person presentations on internet safety. Until then you can contact us for a virtual presentation!!
If you are in the Floyd, VA area stop by and say Hi at 105 East Main St.!!
Chris Mabry and his Team at Lynchburg Nissan continue to support the efforts of the Safe Surifn’ Foundation in keeping children safe from online predators.
They have certainly outdone their selves this year with the donation of a 2020 NISSAN Titan pick-up truck, fully wrapped by the talented folks at McBride Sign Company, also in Lynchburg.