HOUSTON (January 24, 2019) – Crime Stoppers of Houston and Sprint / Connectivity Source, a Sprint Authorized Retailer, have partnered for the third year to keep kids and families safe online through the Crime Stoppers’ free Cyber Safety Initiative. This targeted safety initiative is part of the Crime Stoppers’ Safe School Institute and has reached over 96,400 students, teachers and parents since launching this joint initiative with Sprint.
The goal is simple – provide tools and resources to better understand how the cyber world works, the potential risks and dangers that come along with navigating the internet across all platforms and games, and essential tips to use it safely.
Throughout the current school year, Crime Stoppers and Sprint will offer cyber safety multimedia presentations that address these key issues and much more:
- For students: 30 to 45-minute presentation that covers the actual and potential online threats including highlighting the tools predators use, cyberbullying, digital reputation and revealing too much information online. Presentations are offered to classes kindergarten through 12thgrade.
- For parents: 60-minute presentation that covers current cyber trends, new apps and games, as well as parental controls, monitoring your child’s usage, location services, online content and privacy and cyberbullying. Take-home bilingual cyber safety literature is available.
- At Greater Houston Area Sprint stores and online: Crime Stoppers and Sprint will provide free in-store and online resources with insight on potential dangers such as online predators, unsolicited contact, threats, and identity theft because the internet is not only a valuable tool but also a potential hiding place for dangerous criminals.
The Crime Stoppers website, www.crime-stoppers.org, will feature a section on Cyber Safety including a download center offering free resources and videos. Students and parents are also encouraged to submit questions about any cyber-related issues – online privacy, cyberbullying, social networking, mobile apps and others through Crime Stoppers social media.
“We are excited that Sprint and Connectivity Source have committed to teaming up with Crime Stoppers of Houston once again to help keep kids safe where they live, socialize and learn.” says Crime Stoppers CEO Rania Mankarious“Our goal is not to keep kids off the internet, nor to scare them; rather what we are aiming to do is be their source of information for all things online safety related. Sprint’s support over the last three years has enabled us to increase our reach each year, all of course as a free service to our communities. Additionally, they are once again showing how much they care about their consumers’ wellbeing both in and outside of their stores.”
The Safe School Institute keeps schools safe by creating a proactive dialogue with students, parents, school staff and law enforcement about personal and school safety and by providing students with a safe and anonymous way to report crime and potential dangers on campus. Since its inception in 1997, the program has evolved into a free, year-round program that has educated over 1 million students in 30 Greater Houston Area school districts.
In addition to the Tip Line resource for students, Crime Stoppers offers targeted safety programs like the Cyber Safety Initiative at no cost. Crime Stoppers sees cyber safety as a growing issue and hopes the community will join to do more to help keep our children safe online.
“Sprint and Connectivity Source are proud to partner with Crime Stoppers of Houston on the Cyber Safety School Program for a third year. We are committed to continuing our partnership with Crime Stoppers of Houston as they work to keep children safe online. Sprint will be offering information at every local Sprint store to educate parents and children on smart phone utilization.” said John Stevens, Sprint Regional President.
To download free cyber safety tips, visit crime-stoppers.org. Additional Sprint cyber safety resources can be picked up at participating Sprint store locations in the Greater Houston Area.