Sharon Police, Farrell church teaches parents of online dangers

Sharon Police Chief Gerald Smith said it's a parent's right and responsibility to check their child's phone in order to make sure they're safe

SHARON, Pa. (WYTV) – The Sharon Police Department teamed up with the Second Missionary Baptist Church in Farrell Saturday to help locals protect their children online.

We all know the Internet is both a good and bad resource, but for children, danger can be hard to spot.

Organizers from both groups had one main message — while you work to keep your children safe in the physical world, you need to do the same in the digital world too.

“People could say that they’re a 15 or 16-year-old child, you know, like them,” said Sharon Police Chief Gerald Smith. “And they go meet that person in the park and it’s a 55-year-old child molester.”

“We found out today that children’s social security numbers are being used and stolen,” said Senior Pastor Russell Penn. “And they have hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of debt before they’re even able to vote.”

Chief Smith also said it’s a parent’s right and responsibility to check their child’s phone in order to make sure they’re safe.