New Alaska documentary examines dangers for teens online | Alaska Insight

Social media can offer positive connections, but there is also the potential for abuse and shocking trends that proliferate online. How can parents combat online dangers to keep their kids safe? A new documentary made in Alaska called “A Million Strangers in their Pocket,” explores this issue.

Lori Townsend discusses social media security for teens with West High School Principal Sven Gustafson and Victims for Justice Executive Director Victoria Shanklin.

To learn more about the documentary and to watch it, visit Victims for Justice online:

Lori Townsend is the news director and senior host for Alaska Public Media. You can send her news tips and program ideas for Talk of Alaska and Alaska Insight at or call 907-550-8452.

Originally from the Central Coast of California, Valerie joined Alaska Public Media in July 2017. She creates original video content for the station's TV and digital platforms while also overseeing the Production Department. Before moving to Alaska, Valerie worked as an ENG Editor at WRAL-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina. She also served in the U.S. Air Force as a TV and Radio Broadcast Journalist where she traveled around Europe, Africa, The Baltics, Australia, and the Southern United States reporting on military events, exercises, and missions. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, backcountry skiing, backpacking, yoga, and traveling.

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