POSTED: Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 6:00am
UPDATED: Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 6:04am
TANGIPAHOA PARISH, LA — The Louisiana Legislature is considering House Bill 236 which, if passed, will require that specific Internet Safety classes be taught to Louisiana public school children.
The model used in drafting the legislation was provided by detectives from the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office, Internet Crimes Against Children Division, who routinely provide Internet Safety education to students in Tangipahoa Parish.
During Wednesday's House of Representatives Education Committee Meeting in Baton Rouge, State Representative Valarie Hodges, representatives of the Louisiana Board of Education, and TPSO Detective Toby Aguillard spoke in favor of the proposed legislation.
Aguillard provided legislators with insight into Internet related dangers to children as well as recent trends in predatory behavior. He described how Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's cyber detectives use the knowledge gained from real life investigations to enhance the Internet Safety classes that are provided to the public by the sheriff's office.
Committee members approved the bill. It will now be sent to the House floor for further discussion and a vote.