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October

Internet Dangers for Teens and Children

Andover Premier Karate & Martial Arts Academy

The Anoka County Sheriff's Office said two 13-year-old girls from Andover, Minn. who disappeared under "suspicious circumstances" Monday night were found in Burnsville and were with a 23-year-old man who has been arrested on a pending charge of solicitation.

The two teens were last seen together at 7:45 p.m. Monday in the area of 159th Avenue and Swallow Street. Anoka County investigators said the girls communicated with the suspect, identified as Casey Lee Chinn, online for at least two weeks before arranging a meet-up Monday night.  For more details you can read the story using the this link.

http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/story/26665134/2-andover-teens-missing-online-conversations-spark-concern

Our thoughts and prayers are for those families in this challenging time.  We have had students and parents ask us what can they do to prevent this from happening again.  Here are some ideas:

  • Teens and children - If you know of someone engaging in dangerous internet activity tell your parents, school councilor or your clergy to help
  • Parents - Keep engaged with your kids and get to know their friends.  Some experts recommend activities that help them to develop healthy friendships, self-esteem, and confidence.  Martial arts training is one activity that can do this.  The following links also provide information on internet safety. The national Crime Prevention Council ( http://www.ncpc.org/topics/internet-safety) provides some great resources for parents on internet and social media safety.