Police Lieutenant to Give Tools to Avoid Online Hazards at Next Carson City Forum | Carson City Nevada News
Navigating the dangers lurking online can seem overwhelming, if not impossible, with the latest technological developments. This is why Lt. Raymond Spencer, commander of the vice and sex trafficking sections of the Las Vegas Metro Police Department, created the presentation “The Dark Side of Social Media” in 2011.
“Many years ago we noticed a link between social media and sexual abuse,” Spencer said. “Children become victims of online sexual exploitation.”
He will give the presentation at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Brewery Arts Center as part of the Sierra Nevada Forums in conjunction with the Carson City Partnership.
Participants will learn to recognize and prevent online predators that might target them or their children.
“Police departments can’t do it all on their own,” Spencer said. “Parents must be informed of the dangers that exist.”
He said part of the problem is the learning curve when it comes to technology. New apps are constantly being created to help children and young people hide their activity.
“In many homes, the 14-year-old is the IT support,” Spencer said. “It’s a problem. Most parents don’t know what these apps can do.”
The forum is free, but donations are appreciated. A bar without a host and light snacks will be available. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
It is part of a regular series presented by Sierra Nevada Forums.
“We bring factual information on controversial issues of concern to the community,” said Marty McGarry, executive board member. “We use respected speakers who are experts in the field.”
Spencer has spoken to thousands of people across the country about the dangers lurking in the digital world.
“I will describe the resources for parents to keep their children safe,” he says. “It will give them a starting point.”
The forum and presentation will take place at the Brewery Arts Center performance hall, 511 W. King St. Doors open at 5:30 pm.