Second "Parents Against Predators" Workshop Teaches Dangers of Social Media

LYNN HAVEN, Fla. - Bay District schools and the Panama City Beach Police Department joined forces to better help parents protect their children Tuesday night.

The police department held it's second "Parents Against Predators" workshop at Mosley High School. 

Parents watched videos, learned statistics about internet crime, and got information about apps their kids are likely using. 

Lieutenant JR Talamantez from the beach police department says he's investigated many child predators in our area who often use apps to get to children. 

He said online portals like Kik, Tumblr, AskFM, and Omegle are all dangerous for kids to use.

He urged parents to pay attention to what their children are doing to prevent cyber crimes and keep them safe. 

"A good rule of thumb is, if your child has a social networking application, you should have it as well as a parent. [You should] understand the functionality, understand how it works. Follow your kid. Find out who they're talking to and monitor their behavior," he said.

The students were separated into another room to learn about how they can be safe and kind online.
They were given tips on how to deal with bullying in schools, and take care of themselves. 

One student says she's learned how to overcome problems in her school. 

"Life's not fair sometimes, and life is hard. But, sometimes that's the beauty of it, to get where you are: stronger," Jewel Atkinson, a student, said.

Lt. Talamantez urged parents to check out a website called for tutorials to learn about the apps their children are using. 


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