The Surrey RCMP, along with the Surrey School District, is hosting a Community Safety Forum to provide parents, students, and residents with information on some of the risks and dangers faced by youth when they are online.

This forum will be held on Thursday, October 20th at 6:30 pm at Enver Creek Secondary School (14505 84th Street, Surrey).

Nick Chernoff from Safer Schools Together will be presenting valuable information on internet safety and how youth can easily and unknowingly get involved in unsafe activities online. He will equip parents to develop their own digital parenting strategy by sharing guidelines for a family tech plan and providing a snapshot of the current social media trends and apps of concern. Mr. Chernoff specializes in social media awareness and has been on the front line of safety and security issues for children and youth during his work for the Surrey School District in their Safe Schools Department.

During this forum, the Surrey RCMP will also provide information on Fentanyl and the risks and dangers of youth participating in recreational drug use. Punjabi speaking staff members and police officers will be available to speak to parents and residents.

“Parents and those who work closely with children and youth are our closest allies when it comes to addressing the issue of youth and online safety,” says Superintendent Shawn Gill, Community Services Officer. “The digital world is constantly evolving and being used by an increasingly younger demographic.  It is imperative that the police, parents, and schools work together to guide young people in creating a positive digital presence.”

Pre-registration for this forum is not required. Doors to the venue will be open at 6:00pm.