People from all over the state were invited to Fairmont to attend ‘Hidden In Plain Sight’, an educational program that teaches parents how to snoop on their kids.
The program, sponsored by the Marion County Communities of Shalom and funded by the West Virginia Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities, was closed to children and attended by parents, guardians or concerned adults.
Attendees were able to investigate a makeshift teenage bedroom in search of inappropriate materials or risky behavior.
The group also held a presentation and discussion with prevention coordinators, and addiction and mental health specialists. Topics included substance abuse, violence, self harm, sexting, eating disorders, and juvenile crime.
While the program did teach parents about setting stern guidelines with their children, the goal was not to get the kids in trouble, but instead to bring the family closer.
“We want to teach parents to snoop on their children so that they can open a dialogue,” said Ginger Haring a digital forensic analyst with the West Virginia State Police “It’s not necessarily to go in and accuse their child, but to look and see and maybe catch something that they didn’t know was going on so that they can open that dialogue and get the child maybe some help.”
Informational packets were handed out including protection and prevention tips such as installing safety features on digital devices.