Mt. Vernon Register-News

March 15, 2014

Parents talk Internet safety

By TESA GLASS tesa.glass@register-news.com
The Register-News

---- — WALTONVILLE — The grade school will be hosting a program on Internet safety for all parents have access to a cell phone or computer.

The program will feature an Internet safety specialist from the Illinois Attorney General High Tech Crimes Bureau, Christine Feller.

“If you think, ‘my child would never do that,’ you may want to rethink that,” information about the program states. “It does happen, and it happens right here in our schools with our students.”

Feller, who has made numerous speaking appearances in schools throughout the state, has said her goal is to speak with students and parents and challenge them to think about long-term and short-term consequences from what they do with technology.

Feller will discuss cyberbullying, digital citizenship, self-representation, sexting an online predation. The meeting will also highlight available resources for parents to initiate and facilitate digital safety conversations with their children. Topics include an overview of trending aps such as SnapChat, Facebook, Twitter, Vine and Tumblr; age requirements and why it matters; what kids are playing on game consoles and who they are playing with; how to respect other’s space when taking pictures and parental restrictions.

The program will be held 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 19 at the Waltonville Grade School cafeteria.