Free course on Internet safety offered

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Cassville FBLA to offer hands-on workshop for parents and students

By Lisa Schlichtman

Internet safety will be the topic of a new course developed by members of the Cassville High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Chapter.

The Internet safety workshop will be offered to community members on Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. in the CHS commons area. A hands-on portion of the course will take place in the CHS computer labs from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m.

"This workshop is a perfect opportunity for parents and students to work together to prevent the dangerous aspects on the Internet," said Brittany Vollenweider, Cass-ville FBLA officer.

The course is designed for parents of young children or teenagers and will include instruction on the dangers of social networking and chatting on-line as well as protecting personal computers from cyber security threats.

"The dangers are very real and can reach our community at any time," said Chris Fenske, FBLA advisor. "It is important that parents are aware of the dangers and know how to protect their families from threats in cyber space."

Hands-on instruction will include access websites and research safety concerns as well as educational websites.

The course will be conducted by FBLA students with assistance from Fenske and fellow FBLA advisor Shelley Henderson. Both CHS faculty members believe the workshop's topic is very timely and important.

"Parents should attend this workshop because the Internet is now part of our everyday lives and so many parents did not grow up with this technology," said Fenske.

"Many parents I've spoken to are intimidated by technology and don't feel they know enough to protect their children," added Henderson. "Through this workshop, we hope to empower them with skills and strategies to keep their kids safe."

Due to limited computer lab space, registration for the course is required and can be completed by calling the CHS Business Department at 847-5363. The first 60 who register are guaranteed a seat at the workshop.

FBLA President Gabby LeCompte encourages all parents to consider signing up for the workshop.

"Internet safety is very important in this day and age," said LeCompte. "We use computers everyday and it is pivotal that parents and students know the dangers of the world wide web."

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