Foster County Emergency Management

Cyber Security/family safety

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Now that school is back in session, parents are celebrating (probably) and very proud of their child(ren) as they should be. I have noticed lots of posts about kids and their school in the last few days. Something to think about though. When you post photos of your child(ren) and what school they attend and age, this is open to anyone seeing it. There are features that think we are safe from strangers seeing our photos but that really isn’t the case.

Now said stranger knows what your child(ren) look like and where they are. Its similar to posting that you are in the bahamas for a week and  your house is a target for burglary. Dont panic, there are ways you can keep your child(ren) safe. Even without social media, kidnappings still happen. Some tips to keep your family safe:

Quick story – when I was in elementary school, a dark colored van used to park next to the playground when it was recess and it would stay the duration. We never saw anyone get out or anything but, it would sit there, every day. Someone pointed the van out to the aides, who watched it for a while before calling the DARE officer (we didnt have any local police force, just the sheriff’s department. Town was too small for its own law enforcement) and having him talk to the driver of the van. It disappeared for a few months but eventually the same van came back. It took off when they saw adults. “see something, say something”. It could save a life. This could have been nothing more than someone had a child in the school and they just wanted to see them during recess but it could have been someone who wanted to cause harm.

This post isnt to scare anyone, just something to consider. Keeping families safe starts on the family level.

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