Residents are being invited to an event aimed at helping parents and professionals keep children safe while they’re online.
Wednesday evening’s “Internet Sense For Internet Safety” will feature three speakers, who will talk about how to effectively supervise young people while they are on digital devices.
One of those speakers is Cliff Ford, a Toronto father who helped catch a predator from Ohio who was targeting his daughter.
“This is going back to January, 2014. I was driving home and as I pulled into the driveway I checked my emails and discovered there was an email coming to her account with the subject line ‘hey, sexy’ and instantly I knew something’s not right here,” he tells AM980.
“I spent about three days on and off chatting with him as my daughter, he was thinking he was continuing the conversation with her. That’s really where I crystallized what his intentions were. Through a series of asking questions as if I was my daughter I was able to kind of pinpoint not only where he was located, where he worked, the address of his home. I basically created a file of everything I could about this guy and turned him over to his local police in Springfield Township, Ohio.”
He adds that his daughter has recovered well and even helped teach her friends about protecting themselves online. Ford says parents and guardians need to open their eyes to this issue.
“The misconception out there is that it’s going to happen to somebody else’s kid, ‘it’s not going to happen in my backyard’ type of thing. The sad reality is it happesn way more often than we even know and there are so many people out there in the online world that are just praying for the right victim.”
Wednesday’s event goes at the Best Western Lamplighter Inn from 7 until 9 p.m.
More information can be found online at Child Pornography Hurts.