Bedford Co. Sheriff Says Social Media Can Help Prevent School Violence
Bedford Co., VA - Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown believes social media sites can be used to help prevent school violence incidents.
Brown appears in a nationally distributed DVD produced by the National White Collar Crime Center. The DVD will be used to train teachers, school administrators and police on warning signs to look for online.
"We get calls. We get calls from parents. We get calls from students about seeing something on Facebook that disturbs them," said Sheriff Mike Brown.
"They feel compelled to share all the information they have, whether it's criminal or non-criminal, any aspect of their life," said Matt Davis, Cyber Tips Manager with the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. "Things they've heard, rumors or gossip. They feel like they need to share on their social media sites."
Sheriff Brown has a limited number of DVDs he wants to give away to schools or law enforcement agencies. To get one call the Bedford County Sheriff's Office at (540) 586-4800.