BY: DAVID SHEPHERD, NEWS DIRECTOR / E-MEDIA MANAGING EDITOR
HUNTINGBURG -- We’ve been seeing an increase in the number of child molestation cases locally and a free program will be held Wednesday in Huntingburg to teach you ways to protect your kids from falling victim to online sexual predators.
“There’s more than 500,000 predators online everyday,” says Tammy Lampert, director of the Southwest Indiana Child Advocacy Center Coalition.
“It is always the offender’s fault. You can do everything in your power to educate yourself, to implement all of these rules and policies but, sex offenders know all of the tricks of the trade, if you will, and they will find a way in.
But, Lampert says there are things parents can do to keep their children safe, including, attending Wednesday’s community training. It's a program Lampert wants to be totally free of charge!
“If they try kid number 1, and kid number 1 is reluctant and doesn’t accept their friend request or whatever it may be, they’re moving on to kid number 2. If they get nowhere with kid 2 they move on to kid number 3,” explains Lampert. “There are a lot of parental controls and stuff that you can put on [your electronics]. You can implement the rules to where there is no password on the phone or the device so parents can check it at all times.”
Again, the free training is Wednesday at the Huntingburg Event Center.
The first program is for adults. It starts at 9 a.m.
The second program is for people ages 15 and up. That starts at 6 p.m.