FARMINGTON — The Farmington Police Department will host two workshops to teach parents about Internet dangers.

The program is called "Keeping Your Kids Safe Online." Farmington police school resource officers will discuss cyberbullying, exposure to inappropriate material, online predators and revealing too much personal information.

The first workshop is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on March 18 at the Sycamore Park Community Center, 1051 Sycamore St. The second is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on April 1 at the Farmington Civic Center, 200 W. Arrington St.

Georgette Allen, a Farmington police spokeswoman, said school resource officers in Farmington have found "ratchet websites" that target local students. She said the sites aim to bully and humiliate children.

Online predators have also affected the local community.

According to court documents, in August, the San Juan County Sheriff's Office arrested Mark Preller, a 56-year-old Mora County Sheriff's Office deputy, for allegedly trying to meet with a underage girl for sex after having a conversation online. A sheriff's office deputy was pretending to be an underage girl.

Preller's case is pending in district court.

The curriculum covered in the workshops is part of a nationwide program called a Netsmartz Workshop. The workshop was created by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

The Farmington Police Department's school resource officers have been teaching materials covered in the workshop to students since November 2013, according to a Farmington police news release.

The workshops are free, and there will be a Spanish interpreter available, Allen said.


Ryan Boetel covers crime for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644 and rboetel@daily-times.com. Follow him on Twitter @rboetel on Twitter.