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Buchanan hosts internet safety

Published 4:57pm Sunday, February 26, 2012

Buchanan High School will host an internet safety presentation next week for adults and parents in Buchanan and surrounding communities.
A representative from Michigan Cyber Safety Initiative will conduct the seminar at 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Buchanan High School auditorium.
The seminar is for people ages 18 and older. Free childcare will be provided for those bringing children younger than18.
“We are hoping a lot of people come out because this is such an important topic right now,” said Moccasin Elementary counselor Laura Henckel. “We want people to realize what goes out on the intent could have greater consequences than they realize.”
Parents will learn how to access their child’s social networking sites and how to view computer history logs in order to determine what sites are being accessed.
Parents will also be given tips on how to discuss the topic of internet safety with their children.
“A lot of people don’t know how to talk to their kids about these things, so this will hopefully get a dialog going,” Henckel said.
Attendees will learn how to access the Michigan sex offender registry and obtain reliable information on parental control software.
Buchanan students will also be learning about internet safety at school today through Wednesday.
Each grade level will have its own presentation on topics such as cyber bullying, revealing personal information online, sexting and social networks.
“Technology is always changing, and it can be difficult to keep up with it and understand what is involved,” Henckel said.
Parents can access online safety tools at Michigan.gov/csi.

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