March 8, 2018

In the City of Happy Valley, the safety of community members is our number one priority. While safety encompasses many different areas, nurturing and protecting the children of our community is our greatest responsibility.

Over the years, a strong and collaborative relationship between our City, Police Department, and schools has been fostered. Working together, we have been able to provide support to families of our community and help address safety issues that affect our youth such as walking routes to school, peer advocacy, safe driving, and drug and alcohol education.

Internet safety is another area identified by parents and school administrators as a growing concern for our community.

We all know the internet can be a great resource for our kids. They can use it to research school reports, communicate with teacher, friends, and play interactive games. But that access can also pose hazards. That’s why it’s important for parents to be aware of what their kids see and hear on the Internet, who they meet, and what they share about themselves online.

On Mar. 21, Happy Valley schools, the City and public safety agencies, including Happy Valley Police and the FBI, will be providing a cyber safety night for families. The Family Cyber Safety event will be held at Happy Valley Middle School at 6:30 p.m. Middle school and high school students are invited to attend the presentation with their parent(s)/guardian. Due to the content, we advise against bringing younger students. Childcare will be available onsite.

This will be a listen and learn event for parents and students, covering many aspects of Internet safety. Parents and youth will learn how to recognize cyberbullying and harassment, how to avoid being a target, and what to do if they see something threatening and/or dangerous online. We’ll share tips on when and how to report alarming social media activity. Parents will also receive strategies on how to monitor their child’s internet usage and social media accounts. Attendees of this event will learn about potential dangers and what they can do to keep their family safe.

We feel strongly that this upcoming event will be beneficial to parents and students alike.