NWC News Desk

Free Online Internet Safety class meets Monday, May 11, in Worland

Posted May 5, 2009

POWELL, Wyo. - Parents are invited to learn about Internet safety issues and how to help their children avoid online dangers during a free Online Internet Safety class offered at 7 p.m. Monday, May 11, in the Worland Community Center Complex.

According to instructor Jody Rakness, in a recent study of youth age 10-17, 56% reported posting personal information online; 43% interacted with strangers; 13% visited x-rated sites and 5% talked to online strangers about sex. Rakness said once information is posted on either a computer or a cell phone, control of that information is lost, and children put themselves at risk of being exploited or cyberbullied.

Her goal in the class is to teach parents how to help their children recognize and avoid these potential dangers.

Participants will also learn about social networking and what type of information is appropriate and what should be avoided.

Even though the class is free, preregistration is required to ensure sufficient enrollment to avoid cancellation.

Click here to register, or for more information call the NWC Worland Center for Training and Development at (307) 347-8541.