Reminder on youth safety program next week in London

Laurel County, KY - Sheriff John Root is reporting that: The Laurel Sheriff's Office is offering a youth safety awareness program (Laurel 2.0) for our community to be conducted by Special Deputy Elizabeth Sparks.

The dates are: July 25th, 26th, and 27th beginning at 6:00 P.M. each evening at the Laurel County Courthouse in the community room. The program will consist of 3 evening sessions with the first session being parents/guardians of children only. Church youth leaders, ministers, teachers or anyone involved in children's lives are welcome to attend the first session.

Several topics will be discussed including:

  • general child/adolescent safety/health
  • social media and its dangers
  • sexual predators and tactics including befriending parents
  • drugs, alcohol, and tobacco use by children
  • bullying and how to prevent it, or address it
  • Sexting/messaging/gaming
  • children's Kentucky ID cards
  • abduction
  • children staying home alone
  • unintended exposure to topics that are not age appropriate
  • provide information for parents/guardians for other programs they may need
  • The second session, parents/guardians and youth, would be brought together to encourage developing a good flow of communication between them, and also providing information for family programs and counseling services.

    The following will be discussed:

  • general safety
  • stranger danger – or adults that make unusual comments/requests
  • sexting/messaging/gaming
  • drugs/alcohol/tobacco use
  • bullying
  • social media dangers
  • safety when home alone or outside alone
  • abduction prevention methods/techniques
  • The last session will involve both youth and parents/or guardians and will be practical exercises instructing on abduction prevention and safety simulations.

    Sheriff Root stresses that it is our goal at the Laurel County Sheriff's office to make area families/children more aware of their surroundings, and to provide some preventative safety measures that can make our families and children safer.

    The classes will be conducted free of charge. Please call the Laurel County Sheriff's Office at 606-864-6600 to reserve a spot. Class size is limited. The target age of the youth who may attend should be ages 10-15. We will offer a class in the future for younger youth.

    Pictured left is Maggie Gregory and Special Deputy Elizabeth Sparks on right.

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