Sem­i­nar to ad­dress sex­ting, cy­ber­bul­ly­ing, on­line preda­tors

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig.com By CH­ERYL MAT­TIX

ELK­TON — Par­ents and chil­dren are en­cour­aged to at­tend a free sem­i­nar Mon­day at Elk­ton High School to learn how fam­i­lies can pro­tect them­selves from on­line preda­tors and cy­ber­bul­ly­ing.

The pro­gram be­gins at 7 p.m. in the au­di­to­rium and is ex­pected to end about 8:30 p.m.

“This is an eye-open­ing pre­sen­ta­tion that will ex­pose dan­gers faced daily in the cy­ber world by chil­dren,” said Re­nee Dunn, vic­tim rights co­or­di­na­tor at the Ce­cil County State’s At­tor­ney of­fice.

Vince DeVivo, a com­mu­nity out­reach spe­cial­ist for the United States At­tor­ney’s Of­fice in Bal­ti­more, is giv­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion ti­tled “Innocence Stolen: Pro­tect­ing Our Kids On­line.”

Dunn said the pro­gram will cover top­ics such as so­cial net­work­ing, cy­ber­bul­ly­ing, sex­ting and on­line preda­tors.

“It will pro­vide pre­ven­tion and in­ter­ven­tion strate­gies, as well as in­ter­net safety re­sources,” Dunn said.

DeVivo will pro­vide hand­outs to all at­tend­ing the sem­i­nar with ad­di­tional in- for­ma­tion.

“We have been try­ing to get the word out about this im­por­tant event and hope that we get a lot of peo­ple Mon­day night,” Dunn said.

Light re­fresh­ments will be served in the cafe­te­ria start­ing at 6 p.m. for those ar­riv­ing early, but the pro­gram will start promptly at 7 p.m. in the au­di­to­rium, which has com­fort­able seat­ing and a large ca­pac­ity.

Elk­ton High School stu­dents have vol­un­teered to help with the event Mon­day night, but it is open to all res­i­dents of Ce­cil County at no cost.

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