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Daniel Glass, Houston County Sherriff’s Department investigator, speaks to parents during the Georgia Cyber Safety Initiative Class. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tommie Horton)
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Workshop teaches parents, children Internet safety

Posted 11/15/2013   Updated 11/15/2013 Email story   Print story


by Tommie Horton
Robins Public Affairs

11/15/2013 - ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- Children today use computers for everything from homework to socializing.

Parents may sometimes feel overwhelmed when it comes to keeping up with the newest technology while trying to feel assured their children's Internet activity is safe.

Robins recently co-hosted Georgia Cyber Safety Initiative Classes - one for parents, one for youth - to help provide them a better understanding of the safety issues linked to the Internet and the latest electronic devices.

A subsequent class is designed for parents and children to attend together. That session will be conducted Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the base theater. It is open to anyone with base access.

The class is sponsored by the Houston County Sheriff's Department, Robins Youth Programs, the 78th Medical Group and the Family Advocacy Program.

The sponsors hope the initiative will help teach children to be alert and make good decisions on the Internet, and empower parents to be actively involved and aware of what their children are doing with technology.

Topics of discussion include cyber bullying, sexting, online recruitment, Wi-Fi devices, Global Positioning Systems, and a wide variety of other topics designed to leave attendees informed.

"I attended out of concern for my daughter's safety," said Rosalind Mitchell, 410th Supply Chain Management Squadron, Support Equipment Flight, who attended a session for parents only. "I received valuable information that will help with identifying potential threats while trying to protect her," she said.

Editor's note: For more information and to register contact Roslyn Battle at 327-8398 or DSN 497-8398.

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