Residents are being invited to an event later this month, aimed at helping parents and professionals keep children safe while they’re online.
“Internet Sense For Internet Safety” has returned to London for a second year and will feature three speakers, who will talk about how to effectively supervise young people while they are on digital devices.
The speakers include Cliff Ford, a Toronto father who aided police in protecting his daughter from a child predator in Ohio. The audience will also hear from Jeff Gray, a retired Ontario Provincial Police Detective Constable who will speak about the Canadian Criminal Code and how it relates to child pornography and youth.
The Founder and Chair of the charity “Child Pornography Hurts” will also address the crowd, to share her personal experience.
Charlene Doak-Gebauer’s niece became the victim of child pornography at the age of 4 at the hands of a neighbour.
“I describe it in my book, how it crept up on my family members and the absolute devastation of our entire family,” she said. “She then followed the textbook case of a kid, she’d been on drugs, she had two boyfriends that almost killed her, and one boyfriend pimped her out so she was the victim of human trafficking, and then at the age of 22 she was killed by a drunk driver. In 22 years of her life, she had 4 years of innocence and as a network administrator, I understand all of this type of behaviour and I decided I wanted to do something to make a difference so that other families don’t have to experience what we’ve been through and that all of our children will be protected, and I emphasize our because whether you have children or not, this generation is our future.”
Proceeds will help support the event as well as “Child Pornography Hurts,” which is dedicated to helping victims of child pornography and fighting the crime.
Doak-Gebauer adds most parents don’t understand how quickly and easily their children may be targeted online by predators.
“Parents that I speak with continually say, ‘I don’t want to invade the privacy of my child.’ Well, unfortunately, this self-exploitation of children and youth are in epidemic proportions and this I get from any police officer that I speak with, that they will take pictures of their genitalia and then text or email it to friends thinking that it is funny, and what parents don’t understand is that they pay for the device, they are now in possession of pictures that are considered, or can be considered child pornography.”
The event is happening at the Best Western Lamplighter Inn, 591 Wellington Road South, on October 19th from 7p.m. until 9p.m. In addition to the speakers, and greetings from Councillor Phil Squire, the event will include music, refreshments, and door prizes.
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