Monday, August 29, 2011


Notes by: Theresa Payton, Fortalice, LLC.

Also covered in WBTV's segment, Protecting Your Cyberturf

You teach your kids to call 911 in an emergency and this is a great practice. Now there’s something else you might want to add to your list, it could make the difference in a crisis, believe it or not it is digital tools like smart phones, texting, Twitter and Facebook. We saw how helpful those tools were in alerting law enforcement during the recent deadly shootings in Norway.

It’s a Mother’s worst nightmare your daughter calls from camp and says, “Mom, don't panic, but there's a gunman going loose here …” . For roughly 2 hours the daughter hid in the water under a rock overhang and texted her mother updates

Well hands down, 911 is still the best option to get help. But we’re learning every day that digital devices and the internet can prove a valuable tool to warn, inform, and ask for help. WBTV’s cyber expert, Theresa Payton, is with us tonight to share some tips.

Theresa says we often warn you about the dangers of oversharing online, but in the case of a crisis, using text messages and social networks could be your best bet of getting back to safety. She suggests three tips to teach your kids.


1. Dial 911 first and make sure that help is on the way

2. Text crisis information such as issue, current location, what you need to family and friends

3. If you can safely alert your network of friends that you are in a crisis situation, use networks such as Facebook and Twitter to get the word out

No comments:

Post a Comment