Retired police chief Jim Holler gave some very important advice during the Champions for Children training event that The Lighthouse Child Advocacy Center held Thursday, Nov. 3, at West Virginia Northern Community College.
In a program that addressed the different ways predators target our children, one of Holler's recommendations is for parents to take their children's phones away when they go to bed at night.
He also suggests that parents take this opportunity to search their children's phones. According to Holler, who recounted past experiences he has been told of, we might be unpleasantly surprised at what we find on our children's phones.
Should we be surprised though? According to the U.S. Department of Justice's National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW), statistics show that one in seven youth Internet users have received unwanted sexual solicitations; one in 25 youths received an online sexual solicitation in which the solicitor tried to make offline contact.
Furthermore, 15 percent of cell-owning teens (12-17) say they have received sexually suggestive nudes/semi-nude images of someone they know via text.
So though Holler's advice may seem a bit extreme - some might see it as an invasion of privacy - perhaps parents should consider it. We applaud the child advocacy center for holding such a valuable training, and we hope they hold more in the future, perhaps even considering some special trainings for parents.
For further information on how to keep our kids safe, check out Jim Holler on Facebook, or on his website at www.hollertraining.com