Ada PD hope to raise awareness about sexting, cyberbullying

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ADA, Okla. (KXII) - "It cannot come back, you can't say oops," Ada Police Officer Allen Musser said.

"[There are ] so many parents that don't know," Parent Stephanie Trent said.

That's why Trent says she's grateful the Ada Police Department is teaching parents (and students) the dangers of sexting, cyberbullying and cyberdating.

"The more awareness spread the happier I am for sure," Trent said.

Officer Allen Musser began working on the event, after he and Captain Jason Potter attended a seminar about human trafficking.

Musser says the seminar was an eye-opener, making him even more aware of what was going on in Pontotoc County.

"We've had a few cases of the sexting that has led to multiple events, some criminally, some bullying and some mental issues," Musser said.

The program is called I'll Pass, Musser's goal is to ensure parents can stop unsafe online activity before it begins.

He says social media has changed the way students interact.

"The problem with cyber-bullying is the child has that content 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to where when we were children, bullying stopped at home," Musser said.

"Most parents believe, my kid's not doing this, they would never do this I taught them better," Trent said. Well it may not even be their child, it could be a child that they know and parents is what teaches our kids."

Musser held a class at Latta high school last fall teaching students about the repercussions of sexting and cyberbullying.

He tells us cyberbullying has become the leading cause of suicide amongst teens.

"The Ada police department is doing everything we can to get into every school within Pontotoc County and surrounding counties," Musser said.

"My heart just glows that somebody actually cared enough to put something like this together to make our community aware," Trent said.