BY ALEXANDER WILLIS
Detectives from the Spring Hill Police Department and the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office will hold a free, public presentation Monday from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Refuge Church. They’ll go over how parents can keep their children safe from online predators.
The way adults, teens and children communicate in 2019 is very different than it was even just 10 years ago, where most online communication was limited to emails, instant messenger apps like Yahoo and AOL and the social media websites MySpace and Facebook. Today, mobile apps like Whisper, Kik, Snapchat increase the opportunities for online predators to contact children.
The online safety presentation will cover how some of the most popular chat applications work and how to make sure children use them responsibly. The presentation will also cover the role of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the role of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, as well as a brief overview of the “dark web” — websites that often see its visitors engaged in illegal activity with things like human trafficking and the sale of illegal narcotics.
The presentation is geared toward parents or guardians who have elementary to high school-aged children, and is “not suitable for children,” according to the Spring Hill police.
The Refuge Church in Spring Hill is located at 2001 Campbell Station Parkway. Registration is not required.