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 April 09, 2010

Safety

Parents can help protect children from being victimized by Internet

The Internet safety program “Dangers of the Internet” will be presented from 6-7 p.m. Monday, April 26 at the Barney Community Center, 1000 E. Montgomery St., in Sparta.

Adults in the Fort McCoy Community interested in the topic are encouraged to attend, said Christine V. Cruz. Cruz, the Fort McCoy Family Advocacy Program Manager, is on the task force sponsoring the program and also will assist in its presentation.

Cruz said the presentation will alert parents and citizens to the magnitude of issues and concerns about allowing children unsupervised use of the Internet. The presentation is for “adults only” due to its graphic nature.

“Although almost any type of crime can be committed by using the Internet, this material is focused primarily on a sexual predator’s use of the Internet against children,” Cruz said. “This presentation alerts parents to the many different tactics and areas of the Internet used by child predators to satisfy their predatory needs.”

“The graphic nature of this presentation is not purposefully portrayed, but is just the true nature of what a child will likely become exposed to within only a few moments alone on the Web,” she said. “This material is excellent for parents, grandparents, relatives of children or any adult who is interested in learning about the serious issues that the Internet can pose to a child if not properly supervised.”

Detective Michael Jamesson of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department will be the presenter. Questions will be fielded after the presentation.

Registration can be made by calling 608-269-2117 or 608-372-2117 or sending an e-mail to mjamesson@co.monroe.wi.us.
Childcare is free, but spaces are limited so interested people are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

For more information about the program in the Fort McCoy community, call Cruz at 608-388-2412.

Information about Internet safety and other topics also is available at the Web site http://www.myarmyonesource.com.

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