Attorney General Doug Peterson connected with school districts across Nebraska in August hoping to raise awareness about the growing dangers children face online. Peterson is hosting a presentation tonight at Westside Middle School in Omaha.
Peterson says, “We are really trying to partner with parents and students about the importance of using good judgment with the internet. It is a little bit of a wake-up call for both parents and students to say look, there are some very dangerous things that can occur here and we want to make them aware so they can make better choices.”
Thieves target everyone online but sexual predators are looking for children in junior and senior high school and they are very deceptive in their practices. Peterson wants to provide information to both parents and students so they are more guarded while online.
One message will be just for students. There are laws on the books to prevent cyber bullying. Peterson says, “If you think you have some type of protection in your usage of the computer, you don’t. There is a fingerprint that you leave across your computer system and so if you think you can intimidate or bully on the computer, law enforcement will be willing to move forward with information that we may have if people are using their computer for that.”
Peterson will also remind parents and students that there is a code of conduct that everyone should follow anytime they are online. Tonight’s presentation starts at 6 p.m. Westside Middle School is located at 8601 Arbor Street in Omaha.