Even with all its great advantages such as instant communication and keeping connected with friends and family, there are dangers lurking on the internet in social media and other websites.

Lynn Kolp wants parents to be aware of the dangers and how to keep their children safe. Kolp knows what she’s talking about. She has been in law enforcement for 16 years and now works with South Sound 911.

“Kids need to learn to make responsible choices when they’re using the internet or visiting social media sites,” she said.

On May 15 from 6-8 p.m., Kolp will present a free workshop at Henderson Bay High School called “Tools and Tactics for Cyber Safety.”

Parents and guardians of children on the Key Peninsula will learn much from this presentation, she said.

The class is for parents and guardians only and attendees should bring their ipods, laptops, smart phones or other internet-accessible devices.

“I’ll show them in real time some of the tactics that are used so they can get an idea of how predators can gain access to their children –– without the kids even realizing it,” Kolp said.

“You don’t want to be one of those parents who puts their head in the sand when something bad happens that could have been prevented,” she said. “The excuse that you didn’t know what was going on isn’t a great defense.”

Due to limited seating, pre-registration is required. For information contact 530-1003.

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