NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Titans joined LP Building Products and teamed up with the FBI and Homeland Security at Nissan Stadium to provide educational strategies and action steps to help protect children in the digital age.
It's a changing world out there and there are a lot of "things' on our phones, computers and gaming devices that parents are not aware of that could expose our youth to unwanted attention. This session helps to better understand those threats so we can better protect our youth.
"When I started getting involved in 2007, the advice we used to provide the parents was that you have to know what your kids are doing online," said Scott Augenbaum, Special Agent, FBI Nashville. "In 2007 that was really easy, but now that average 10 year old has an i-phone and has unlimited access. It's really understanding the risks that are out there because the bad guys are really preying on our kids. The first thing parents need to do is realize this. Today, we are going to have a lot of resources and will provide the public with a lot of tips on what they need to do to keep their children safe."
All event proceeds were used to purchase technology for the Oasis Center Nashville, www.oasiscenter.org. The Oasis Center provides at risk youth a connection to a caring adult, a safe and secure environment, and empowerment to make better choices.
"One of the big things we face at Oasis is the issue of cyber bullying," Mark Dunkerly, Chief Strategy Officer, Oasis Center Nashville. "Young people these days are exposed to so many different pressures. "We run an emergency shelter for 13-17 year olds. It's a crisis shelter and so often we see young people there that are broken because what they experience online. They can't go home and hide from it, it's everywhere. It's on their phone, it's online. Unfortunately, there are some really nasty things that happen to young people out there."
Guest speaker, Dennis Fetting, Supervisory Special Agent, Homeland Security Investigations spoke of new trends in cyber bullying, exploitation and dangers that children, teens, parents and teachers need to be aware of – and these new trends have to do with social media.
"It really comes down to sharing knowledge," said Dan Wittig, Chief Information Security Officer, Louisiana-Pacific Corporation. "Parents need knowledge to protect their youth online so it's bringing all those folks together to not only secure our corporate networks and corporate infrastructures but to also protect those people at home."
"For LP, the Titans and everyone here today to take this seriously and raise awareness means a lot. Hopefully we'll see fewer people in crisis in our shelter," said Dunkerly.
About LP Building Products
Louisiana-Pacific Corporation is a leading manufacturer of quality engineered wood building materials, including OSB, structural framing products, and exterior siding for use in residential, industrial and light commercial construction. From manufacturing facilities in the United States, Canada, Chile and Brazil, LP products are sold to builders and homeowners through building materials distributors and dealers and retail home centers. Founded in 1973, LP is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, and traded on the New York Stock Exchange under LPX. For more information, visit LPCorp.com.
Titans, LP Building products team with FBI, Homeland Security to provide education on protecting children in the digital age. (photos: Lynne McCracken)