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School system offers seminar on child predators
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Helping safeguard families against child predators, Warren County Schools is offering the iGuardian seminar at Warren County Middle School auditorium Tuesday night.
The event, which is free of charge and will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., will provide parents, guardians, and concerned citizens with information about the online dangers children face every time they log on to the Internet. The event is designed for adults.
“We want to help parents become aware of those hidden dangers students can experience,” said Federal Programs director Vickie Dodd, noting even seemingly safe apps on iPhones can lead to potentially dangerous situations. “This program will provide community members information about those dangerous environments and how to stay safe online.”
Project iGuardian aims to counter the disturbing trend that many online child predators are able to find victims online because children are not aware of how dangerous online environments can be. The school system is partnering with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to present the two-hour event.
“It is an adult, parent-only night,” Dodd said, noting programs meant for adults, like the one this Tuesday, are geared differently than those meant for students to attend. “An agent with Homeland Security out of the Chattanooga office will be our presenter.”
Dodd said in addition to parents, the seminar will be great for anyone who works with children or for organizations like churches and civic clubs.