"Online Predator Advisory"

"Online Predator Advisory"
Posted on 12/19/2018
social media iconsDear RCS families and community members,

As we approach our holiday break, our wishes go out to all for a safe and joyous holiday season.

As you may know, recently, students within the Finger Lakes area have been victimized by an online predator. The person(s) responsible for these acts against children has created numerous social media accounts, friended students and obtained very personal and private images and information about these students. The predator has used this information to “blackmail” students to obtain additional pictures and information with the threat of sharing what has already been provided on social media sites and other public entities. Multiple local law enforcement agencies are involved in investigations to stop this.

At RCS, we implement aspects of the curriculum derived from https://www.commonsense.org/education/ to educate our students in, “What it Means to be a Digital Citizen, Cyberbullying, The Impact of Your Digital Footprint,” and we continue to develop this instruction. We also teach our students that “if you see something, say something,” regardless of whether the observed concern is in-person or on social media: https://www.safeschoolhelpline.com/.

In light of these recent reports, we ask that you please take a moment and speak with your child(ren) about their social media presence, activities, and what they are posting. If your child has an Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, or other social media account(s), this message is of particular importance. Common Sense Education offers numerous resources to support parents in having these conversations with their children.”

If you find any reason to believe your child may be a victim of an online predator, please contact the Seneca County Sheriff’s office at 315-539-9241 to file a report.