CYBERBULLYING AND ONLINE SAFETY Effects on our communities and what you can do to help Officer Holly Lawrence Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety Agenda Traditional Media vs. Today’s Media Law Enforcement’s Media Concerns Our Response The Digital Safety Program Our Results What You Can Do Media Today Today’s media differs from traditional media in: - Speed - Reach - Accessibility Media Usage Today • Widespread: More than 77% of youth ages 12-17 have a cell phone. • Always on: The average youth between 8-18 yearsold spends 7.5 hours using media per day. That’s more time than they spend in school or with their parents. • Large scale: The typical teen sends 1,800 texts per month. *Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project Teen/Parent Survey 2011 *Generation M2: Media in the Lives of 8- to 18-Year-Olds, Kaiser Family Foundation, 2010 *Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project Teens, Smartphone &Texting 2012 Law Enforcement’s Media Concerns Operational Readiness Laws Staying Current What We’ve Seen • Police officers are responding to calls for service increasingly linked to mobile phones and social media. • • • • Threats and fights Impersonation Sexting Risky behavior Threats and Fights Photo credit: J O I D via Flickr. Impersonation Sexting Risky Behavior Our Agency’s Response 1. Seek possible solutions 2. Research existing programs 3. Partner with Yahoo! Our Agency’s Response Understanding that addressing tech offenses requires: •Educating on the scope of the problem and assisting to help prosecute cases for all parties involved. • • • • • Attorneys General District attorneys Judges Juvenile Probation Schools Digital Safety as a Solution Educate • • • • • Courts District Attorneys Law Enforcement Agencies Probation Public Train • Increase Law enforcement response and interest Legal Review • Evaluate and strengthen existing laws Digital Safety Training • California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certified. • The only POSTapproved course in California on cyberbullying. Results • Law enforcement: • High demand for training and materials • Full capacity classes and waiting lists • Digital Safety email group • Community groups Requests for law enforcement presentations from: • Schools • PTAs • Faith-based organizations • Community centers • Health organizations Program Components • We believe there exists a disconnect between kids and parents when it comes to technology. • Our course is tailored to those different needs. Kids: How to make good decisions online Adults: How to parent online Digital Safety Program DVD Contents Proactive Youth 1 hour presentation Adults 1 hour presentation Reactive Youth 3 hour diversion presentation Adults 3 hour diversion presentation Speaker notes Family Media Agreement What You Can Do Learn the issues Identify system partners Champion change Review and implement laws Contacts Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety Officer Holly Lawrence [email protected] 408.730.7146 Yahoo! Trust and Safety Megan Cristina, Director [email protected] 408.349.3995 “Jill’s Story” Video courtesy of Yahoo!