Date: October 17, 2003 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

DONNA WOOD, (863) 534-6677

"Internet Safety: Preventing Child Exploitation" Presentations Offered

In an effort to assist parents with Internet safety issues, the Sheriff's Office is now offering to present Internet safety programs, along with our wide array of other crime prevention methods. In addition to working with our schools' Parent/Teacher groups, we have scheduled two public presentations on Internet Safety: Preventing Child Exploitation.

Colonel Grady Judd will be the keynote speaker.  On Tuesday, October 28th, at 7:00 p.m., the presentation will be offered at Ridge Vocational-Technical Center. On Monday, November 10th, at 7:00 p.m., Valleyview Elementary PTA Group in Lakeland is assisting us in hosting another presentation in their cafeteria. 

Hewlett Packard, Pepperidge Farms, Perpetual Technology Solutions, and USA Computers are also assisting with this endeavor by graciously contributing items to the events.  Snacks will be available, and we will be giving away door prizes.  Two new HP iPAQ Pocket PCs have been donated to give away as door prizes.  Every household represented will receive a complimentary copy of Computer COP®, a computer-monitoring software program. Due to the mature and explicit content of the presentation, children should not attend. 

We realize families are busy, and time is precious.  However, we feel strongly about informing parents about Internet dangers and equipping them with the resources necessary to prevent our most precious resource - our children - from being victimized. Did you know that 1 in 4 children is exposed to unwanted sexual images online?  Or that 1 in 5 children receives a sexual solicitation online?  An hour of time set aside now to educate parents can prevent a  lifetime of heartache.

To reserve your space at one of these presentations, please call our Crime Prevention Unit at 534-6677.

Distribution: Undersheriff, Division Commanders, Communications, News Media

A text only version of this release is also available.

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