Texas Attorney General to Host Cyber Safety Meeting

By: Meredith Stancik Email
By: Meredith Stancik Email

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott wants parents to be aware of online dangers.

On Tuesday, March 27, Abbott will host an interactive cyber safety town hall meeting in Bryan.

It's set to take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Bryan High School, Blue Campus Auditorium. The presentation is free of charge and open to the public.

Abbott and investigators with the Cyber Crimes Unit will reveal how child predators use emerging technology to target their victims, demonstrate how social networking sites put teenagers at risk, and provide Bryan parents with innovative, real-world tools to protect their children.

The presentation will also feature internet safety tips and teach parents how to decipher chatroom lingo.

"Dangerous criminals are using internet chat rooms, personal web pages, and social networking sites to prey on young Texans," said Attorney General Abbott. "Right here in Bryan, children unwittingly may be putting themselves in danger. Our cyber safety town hall meeting will provide parents with the resources they need to keep their children safe on the internet."

The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions and seek answers about internet safety.

Attendees will receive copies of the new "Internet Safety for Parents" video, which offers safety advice and teaches parents how to determine when a child is providing too much information to a potential predator.

Abbott is also encouraging high school students to attend the meeting.

"Teenagers who use social networking web sites like MySpace.com will learn how to safely interact with their friends but avoid revealing personal information that could unintentionally lead predators to them and their families."

The presentation includes mature content that may not be suitable for elementary school students.
All parents and high school students are strongly encouraged to attend.

Shortly after taking office, Abbot created the Cyber Crimes Unit, which targets online predators by assuming the identities of young teenagers in internet chat rooms.

Investigators have arrested 93 men who used teen chat rooms to arrange meetings with underage victims.

In addition, grand juries have indicted 57 men on child pornography charges brought by Cyber Crimes Unit prosecutors.

For more information, contact the Texas Attorney General's office at (800) 252-8011 or visit the Attorney General's Web site at www.oag.state.tx.us.


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