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RINGWOOD POLICE DEPARTMENT. Committed to protecting the youth of our community . Cell Phone Safety. Decisions you make today can affect the rest of your life !!!!!!. Addressing the Truth.

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ringwood police department


Committed to protecting the youth of our community

cell phone safety

Cell Phone Safety

Decisions you make today can affect the rest of your life !!!!!!

addressing the truth
Addressing the Truth
  • There have been lots of rumors and gossip lately. We want to talk honestly today and teach students the right way to communicate.
  • Cell phones are useful tools, but only when used appropriately and with good judgment.
cell phone survey
Cell Phone Survey

Raise your hand if…..

  • You own a cell phone
  • You use text messaging
  • You have taken photos with a cell phone camera
  • You have ever forwarded a message
  • You have ever forwarded a picture
what did the world do before cell phones and texting
What Did the World Do Before Cell Phones and Texting ?
  • You got your stuff done on time.
  • Kids talked to their parents in person.
  • We used quarters at pay telephones.
  • People used complete words, not BFF, LOL, OMG or other abbreviations.
  • People wrote personal letters and mailed them with a licked stamp.
  • IM had an apostrophe (I’m)
what belongs on your cell phone just ask your parents or teachers
What belongs on your cell phone?Just ask your parents or teachers!!!
  • If you wouldn’t show it to your parents or teachers, Don’tphotograph it.
  • If you wouldn’t text it to your parents or teachers, Don’twrite it.
  • If you wouldn’t say it to your parents or teachers, Don’t say it.
accept the consequences of your actions
Accept the consequences of your actions

The things you say or do with your cell phone could have long-term consequences for youand others!!!!

Are You Ready For That?

what goes on your cell phone stays on your cell phone and everywhere
What Goes On Your Cell Phone, Stays On Your Cell Phone…and Everywhere!
  • Don’t assume any privacy. Every time you send a message:
  • It gets stored on the cell phone company’s computer server.
  • Government safety agencies can access your messages from the web site.
  • Deleted messages are retrievable.
remember nothing is private
Remember… Nothing is Private
  • You may think your text message or picture is safe and private, but you can’t control which people will forward your message to others.
  • Forwarded electronic messages are the fastest way to spread gossip and rumors.
  • How many people could have access to a text or photo?
from the headlines
From the Headlines
  • News articles discuss teens getting prosecuted by law enforcement for cell phone behaviors.
    • OMG, teens “R” sexting: article in Salon Magazine
    • Felony Charges for Teens: NBC Television report
    • Six Pennsylvania Teenagers Charged with Felony Crimes: Article from MSNBC
  • Inappropriate cell phone usage is a major teenage problem from ages 10 – 18.
  • The slang term “sexting” or “sex texting” refers to a nationwide phenomenon of children sending nude or semi-nude photos of themselves or others.
  • “SEXTING” is illegal, even if you are just taking and sending pictures of yourself.
real kids real trouble
Real Kids & Real Trouble

This week, three teenage girls who allegedly sent nude or semi-nude cell phone pictures of themselves, and three male classmates in a western Pennsylvania high school who received them, are charged with child pornography.

In October a Texas eighth grader spent the night in a juvenile detention center after his football coach found a nude picture on his cell phone that a fellow student had sent him.

An eighth grade girl at Glen Rock Middle School who sent out a naked picture or herself via text message found out the picture spread like wildfire through the school district. Police are investigating.

from CBS News on January 15,2009

indictable crimes
Indictable Crimes
  • Having nude photos of children and their private parts is a crime
  • You could be sentenced to a year or more in prison or juvenile detention facility
  • Felony convictions could prevent adults from getting jobs that require background checks, such as police, fire fighting, nursing, teachers an getting into college or being hired for employment etc..
but i m just a kid
But I’m Just a Kid……
  • It doesn’t matter what age the photographer is
  • Taking or possessing inappropriate photos of children are illegal
  • School officials and law enforcement can and will investigate this type of behavior
  • Your reputation could be destroyed
why do we text or im things that we would never say or do in person
Why do we text or IM things that we would never say or do in person ?
  • When you are not face to face (F2F), the human connection is missing.
  • You can’t see the visual emotions of the person.
  • You can’t “Take it Back”.
  • It seems safe because you are alone. You take more RISKS
why con t
Why? (Con’t)
  • To get or keep a guy,s/girl,s attention
  • They were pressured by a guy/girl
  • They need to feel sexy or more mature
  • The need for attention from the opposite sex
  • As a gift for their boyfriend or girlfriend
  • To have fun or be flirtatious
  • For peer recognition
  • In response to a “SEXT” they received
  • “Everyone is doing it”
can school officials take away my cell phone
Can school officials take away my cell phone?
  • Yes. School officials may hold cell phones when they have a reasonable suspicion the phone has been involved in inappropriate activity that violates school rules or the law. In some cases, they are turned over to police
can school officials look in my locker
Can school officials look in my locker?
  • Yes. You should not expect any privacy in their school lockers. Lockers are school district property. School officials with reasonable suspicion may search your locker.
does a school official need a search warrant
Does a school official need a search warrant ?
  • No. According to school code, school officials may search students without a warrant “when there are reasonable grounds for suspecting the search of a particular child will turn up evidence that the student has violated or is violating either the law or rules of the school.
can a school official look in my book bag or purse
Can a school official look in my book bag or purse?
  • Yes. if a school official has reasonable suspicion that evidence related to the violation of the law or of school rules would be found they may look inside of your bookbag or purse.
summary inappropriate messages
Summary: Inappropriate Messages
  • Do Not take, receive or forward inappropriate photos or text messages ever!
  • If you receive something inappropriate, notify your parents and law enforcement or school officials immediately! DELETE IT!!!!
  • Inappropriate photos could be illegal!!!
don t do it
  • No Threats
  • No Inappropriate Photos
  • No Foul Language
  • No Hassling
  • No Intimidation
  • No Insults
  • No Embarrassing Content
  • No “BAD STUFF”
  • No Bullying
keep safe and remember
Keep Safe and Remember
  • If you wouldn’t show it to your parents or teachers, DON’T photograph it!!!!
  • If you wouldn’t text it to your parents or teachers, DON’T write or text it!!!
  • If you wouldn’t say it to your parents or teachers, DON’T send or say it!!!
cell phone safety reminder
Cell Phone Safety Reminder

Use your cell phone appropriately! Don’t chance ruining your life for a little bit of fun