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Online Safety Assembly

 

Dear Panther Families,

With summer break just around the corner, many of our children will be venturing into the digital realm, and we want to ensure they learn how to keep themselves safe. We have invited a special speaker, HSI Special Agent Jesse Miller, to present at a June 10 assembly with our students. Our PTA is helping us offer a unique opportunity for the first 20 parents/guardians to attend the half-hour assembly, followed by a special parent/guardian session with Special Agent Miller. If you would like to join us on June 10 (1:50 pm to 3 pm), please visit our OHI PTA Sign Up Genius for “Parent Talk with Homeland Security Personnel.”

To learn more about Special Agent Jesse Miller, here is his biography:

JESSE MILLER'S BIOGRAPHY

Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent Jesse Miller has been in law enforcement for over 30 years, starting his career in the U.S. Coast Guard in Hawaii. Upon completion of the USCG, Jesse became a Missouri Police Officer and eventually a Deputy Sheriff K-9 Handler. In 2001, Jesse was hired as a Special Agent with the U.S. Customs Service and was stationed in Blaine, WA. Post 9/11, the U.S. Customs Service was dissolved, and Jesse was moved to HSI. During Jesse’s 22-year career as a federal agent, he has led international narcotics, firearms, and money laundering investigations. Jesse has also worked in an undercover capacity throughout the United States, meeting with criminals engaged in narcotics smuggling, money laundering, and child exploitation. Jesse is currently assigned to the Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Group in Ferndale, WA, and is a member of ICAC. Special Agent Miller will discuss online safety and the importance of educating our youth about the dangers of the internet. Project iGuardian is presented by HSI Special Agents in partnership with local law enforcement. Project iGuardian is designed to inform students, parents, educators, and law enforcement about the risks that children face in the online environment. Special Agent Miller will also discuss the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s (NCMEC) Netsmartz program.

Below, Homeland Security has shared the following resources to help keep your children safe with online browsing and adventures:

Lastly, as previously communicated in the fall and again in early spring, if you or your child sees anything suspicious or anything that makes your child uncomfortable, please contact the police. The Department of Homeland Security also has useful information about awareness in its “If you See Something, Say Something” materials available online. Additionally, the National Crime Prevention Council has Stranger-Danger tips  that are helpful in guiding your child to stay as safe as possible.

Thank you for your kind attention to this very important step in keeping all children safe.

Best to you and yours,

Principal Raenette Sasaki Wood