Deputies hosting live Facebook chat on cyberspace dangers


The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office will take its cyber-safety message directly to the online community with the agency’s first live Facebook chat.

The one-hour event called Cyber Safety for Kids & Teens: What Every Parent Should Know will take place from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Oct. 29.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Jay Toth along with Karen Pierce, a school resource deputy, will be answering questions from the public during Tuesday’s live event and offer tips on how to protect children from the dangers lurking in cyberspace.

Topics are expected to include everything from the potential dangers of social networking and chat rooms, protecting online privacy and cyber-bullying to recognizing the warning signs of exploitation. There also will be advice for parents on ways they can monitor their children’s online activities.

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Sheriff Ben Johnson said he’s excited about the upcoming event, adding that social media is allowing law enforcement to be more proactive about promoting crime prevention.

“Modern law enforcement is much more than simply reacting to crimes after they occur,” said Johnson.

“We want to do everything we can to promote good safety habits in order to reduce victimization and vulnerabilities and prevent crimes before they occur.

Social media allows us to communicate directly with the citizens, listen to their concerns and provide them with reliable information that they can use to protect themselves and their families. This is a very creative use of social media, and we plan to have more of these events if the interest is there.”

Anyone who wants to participate is encouraged to go to the Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page ( at 11 a.m. on Oct. 29 to join the discussion.



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