Online safety training for parents
CENTREVILLE — As part of its mission to prevent child abuse, the Queen Anne’s County’s child advocacy center is offering two free educational forums for parents who are concerned about the risks of social media and other online applications.
We hear more and more horror stories about children being taken in by online adult predators who know how to befriend and gain the trust of susceptible children and adolescents.
Take the case of the 14-yearold boy from California, for example, who was lured onto a plane in order to meet his new “friend” in Florida. Fortunately, the parents were able to trace their son’s actions – including his cell phone signal on a Delta red-eye flight to Tampa — and the police were waiting at the airport to arrest 36-year-old Tony Lee McLeod on kidnapping charges.
Or, the tragic story of the stabbing death of 13-year-old Nicole Lovell, who was lured by two Virginia Tech students she had met online. Lovell’s mother, Tammy Weeks, said that her daughter met them on an obscure dating website, “That’s all I know. It was some off-the-wall site I never heard of.”
Parents are invited to a free training by Jim Holler, a dynamic, nationally known speaker and crimes against children investigator. This fastpaced training will give parents tips on how to better monitor their child’s online activity as well as become aware of hidden dangers. The CARE Center is presenting two identical presentations at different locations in order to accommodate parents from different parts of the county:
• Monday, May 22, 7 to 8:30 p.m., at Kent Island Holiday Inn, 1020 Kent Narrows Road, Grasonville;
• Tuesday, May 23, 7 to 8:30 p.m., at Goodwill Fire Company, 212 Broadway, Centreville.
The Monday night presentation will also be available on Facebook LIVE at www.facebook.com/qac-care.
The CARE Center is grateful for the support of the Pirone Family, Annapolis Boat Sales, and DiDonato Property Management which made these seminars possible. For more information, please visit www. qaccare.org/family-seminars or call 410-758-2533.
The Child Abuse Response & Evaluation Center provides Queen Anne’s County with a nationally endorsed child advocacy model for responding to allegations of child abuse. Using a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach that includes both the public and private sectors, the CARE Center brings key professionals together in a neutral setting to work on behalf of the best interests of the child. For more information, visit www. qaccare.org.
On Friday, April 28, the Town of Centreville celebrated Arbor Day by planting five weeping cherry trees along the Millstream trail with the help of the Centreville Elementary School second-grade classes. The town was recognized by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources as a threeyear participant in Tree City USA, and tree saplings were provided to all the students.