Thursday, April 15, 2010

CCSO To Participate In Social Media Forum

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office will participate in a public forum on social media next week.

Sheriff Kevin J. Rambosk and Detective Scott Rapisarda of the Major Crimes Bureau Exploitation Unit will represent CCSO on a panel at the Community Forum on Social Media on Monday, April 19. The forum will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Administrative Center, 5775 Osceola Trail (behind Barron Collier High School).

Collier County Schools Superintendent Dennis L. Thompson scheduled the forum because he is concerned about student use of Facebook, MySpace and other social networking sites and that parents may not know who their kids’ online friends are. The risks and consequences that may be associated with use of the multitude of social media sites available to all of us today will be discussed during the forum.

The free event is presented by the Collier County School District and the Naples Daily News.

School District General Counsel Jon Fishbane warned of potential violations of criminal statutes or the Code of Student Conduct. There is hardly a day that goes by where we don’t hear shocking news about something happening because of the misuse of social media. An example: The recent case of cyber-bullying that happened on Facebook which resulted in a high school freshman in Massachusetts committing suicide. Nine fellow students face serious charges in connection with the girl’s death.

Social networking, used correctly, is an excellent way to communicate. It can be fun, but the Community Forum on Social Media is being held to help make sure that it is safe fun, for our students especially.

To learn more, please send an e-mail to, or go to the Collier County School District Web site home page at and click on the Community Forum link.