On Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 6 p.m., you can live stream the following program at live.cmcss.net:
The West Creek Complex and Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools are proud to partner with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children through the iGuardian and Netsmartz programs to keep our children safe Project iGuardian is presented by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
Project iGuardian is an HSI initiative "designed to inform youths, parents, and educators about the risks that children face in the online environment" that also "aims to arm parents with knowledge and resources to help protect their children." HSI, which is the investigative arm of the Dept. of Homeland Security, partnered with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to create much of the presentation.
The following are the three main risks to be discussed in this presentation:
Online Predators and Social Media - Those who express a sexual attraction to minors and try to get them to reciprocate with sexual chats, images and meetings offline for sex. Predators may manipulate and gain the trust of a minor in a process called "grooming." This topic also covers a new and growing trend of "sextortion" in which minors are blackmailed after sending compromising photos or videos.
Revealing too much - Personal and private information shared through texts, images or videos may attract unwanted attention from cyberbullies or online predators. This may also lead to serious offline consequences at school and with the law.
Cyberbullying - The use of Internet technology or mobile technology, such as cell phones, to bully or harass someone.