Community Interest

Free Community Cyber Safety Summit for Youth, Parents

9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Jan. 20, Fort Zumwalt North High School Auditorium

The St. Charles County Police Department (SCCPD), in partnership with Fort Zumwalt School District, will host a Cyber Safety Summit from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 20, at Fort Zumwalt North High School.

This complimentary, one-day summit aims to empower parents and students ages 12 and older by informing them about safe practices on the Internet. Using expert presentations, breakout sessions and interactive workshops, presenters hope attendees leave better equipped to discuss boundaries and ready to utilize safety resources and tools in their daily lives.  

A 2010 Pew Internet & American Life Project study suggests 95 percent of teens ages 12 to 17 are online. If subjected to online threats (e.g., cyberbullying, inappropriate content, unsolicited contact, and online sexual predators), vulnerability, curiosity, and the need for acceptance could potentially exploit youth into victimization. The proliferation of such threats and cybercrime investigations by law enforcement prompted organizers to create the community-wide summit to bring awareness of the risks and responsibilities associated with online activity and behavior.  

“The Cyber Safety Summit offers an opportunity for parents, students, and administrators to come together and collectively find an appropriate balance with social media and Internet usage,” explained Lieutenant Mark O’Neill, supervisor for the St. Charles County Cyber Crime Task Force and Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (MO ICAC).  

Managed by the SCCPD, MO ICAC’s primary function is the investigation and forensics of cybercrimes related to child pornography, child exploitation and child sex. In 2017, the unit received more than 3,100 cybertips. At the summit, MO ICAC experts will guide attendees through real life cases to illustrate the investigative work that goes into combating life-changing cybercrimes.

“Student safety is the top priority for Fort Zumwalt, and keeping them safe extends beyond the school day,” said Assistant Superintendent Jeremy Moore. "Fort Zumwalt is proud to partner with the St. Charles County Police Department, MO ICAC, the Prosecuting Attorney's Office and several non-profit agencies to bring students and parents the opportunity to open a dialogue that will better equip everyone to be a responsible and informed digital citizen." 

“This event is presented at no cost, because the information is too important to be missed. We’re grateful to Fort Zumwalt School District and all other community partners for joining in our mission to keep children safe,” continued Lt. O’Neill.

 

WHAT:                 Cyber Safety Summit

WHO:                   St. Charles County Police Department and Fort Zumwalt School District

WHEN:                 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 20

WHERE:               Fort Zumwalt North High School Auditorium

1230 Tom Ginnever Ave, O'Fallon, MO 63366

                               

Sessions:

  •  General sessions, Meghan Meier Foundation and Julie Smith of Webster University
  •  True Crime St. Charles County Case Study, MO ICAC
  •  More than In-School Suspension, St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
  •  The Internet: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Dr. Jerry Cox
  •  Apps, Lingo and Parental Controls, St. Charles County Cyber Crime Task Force and MO ICAC

Learn more at http://pub.lucidpress.com/StCharlesCountyPD-FZ-Summit/.