SAD 9 is presenting Internet Safety Nights

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FARMINGTON – SAD 9 will present an Internet safety nights from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, at the Mt. Blue Middle School caf and from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 18, at Academy Hill School caf, Wilton.

The presentation, “Be Smart – Be Safe,” is an opportunity for parents and students in grades kindergarten through 12 to learn about managing risks online and obtaining the resources to protect children from solicitations.

Mike Burd, Maine Computer Crimes Task Force victims advocate and Franklin County Adult Basic Education technology integrator, will be the speaker, discussing the importance of Web awareness for parents by taking an active role in their children’s online experience.

The talk will explore the potential dangers of popular Web sites such as LiveJournal.com, MySpace.com and face book.com that allow users to make their pages viewable by the public or restricted to only friends.

Franklin County Deputy Heidi Gould and Farmington Police Officer Shane Cote, both from the Maine Computer Crimes Task Force, will speak about on-line harassment issues.

Members of the SAD 9 Technology Department will be available to discuss school Internet issues. There will be a question and answer session following the presentation.

For those attending in Farmington, the Sugarloaf Community at Mt. Blue Middle School will provide child care with adult supervision during the presentation, and donations will be accepted.

For those attending in Wilton, the Girls Talk group at Academy Hill School will provide child care with adult supervision, and donations will also be accepted.

Parents should RSVP requests for child care at either location to brink@msln.net. The event is open to the public.

For more information, contact Mike Burd, SAD 9 Adult and Community Education Center, at 778-3460 or Chris Brinkman, Mt. Blue Middle School, at 778-3511.

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