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Free Internet Safety Forum for Parents

CUSD parents are invited to attend an event sponsored by the Sheriff’s Department Wednesday in Aliso Viejo.

Parents who haven’t embraced the Internet may find themselves struggling to monitor their children’s online lives, simply because they’re unfamiliar with how the whole thing works.

With bullies and other predators tormenting kids online—along with the dramas that can play out on Facebook and other websites—the Orange County Sheriff’s Department is offering a free forum on Wednesday on Internet safety for parents.

A sheriff’s deputy will host the forum at Don Juan Avila Elementary School’s multipurpose room on Feb. 20 from 6-7 p.m. It will be open to all Capo Unified parents, caregivers and grandparents only—no students will be allowed to attend.

The deputy, an expert in Internet safety, will discuss the tools and resources parents can use to understand the changing world of the Internet, and how they can monitor their children’s online activities.

A live online demonstration will explain how Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and other popular websites work. Other potential online problems such as gambling, cyberstalking and posting personal information will be addressed.

For more information call (949) 425-2563.   

Green Mavin February 19, 2013 at 04:27 AM
I'm glad the Sheriff's department is putting this on. Maybe the City Council can learn something from the presentation and add some precautions to the ridiculous and dangerous Aliso Viejo Exchange that Phil Tsunoda continues to promote.
Parents United February 19, 2013 at 05:46 AM
All parents should be aware of the dangers of internet usage, and all schools should be promoting this event. This city's web site us just one example of how out of touch many agencies are when it comes to the safety of our children and internet usage.
McGruff SafeGuard February 19, 2013 at 11:58 AM
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Capo Parent Too February 19, 2013 at 11:17 PM
And Carmen wonders why the District and the City may not work well together. There is nothing here that states the City has included the School District in this process. Isn't this something they should work on together? What does the city have to do with bringing in internet safety to the schools? Shouldn't this be a collaborative process? Our City Council has no clue how to work with anyone else but "family".
Parents United February 20, 2013 at 01:35 AM
I know exactly what Capo Parent is referring to. Carmen Cave is very selective as to what she supports. The school district doesn't come close to making the list. If there is a youth sports league and the possibility of gaining votes in the upcoming election, then Carmen and Tsunoda are on board. In fact, wasn't she just "pleading" on behalf of Little League? I thought she was the city's "mother." Doesn't that mean she should be concerned about all children, and not just the ones who play sports?
Uncle of Many February 20, 2013 at 07:26 PM
It's comforting to see more awareness around this ever growing and discerning issue called 'Online Kids Safety'. This is truly an important topic to engage and be apart of. Parents need to get on board and explore the online world with their kids not just for their safety, but so they don't get left behind. Take a look at this blog posting "5 Online Safety Tips to Teach Your Child" ~ http://goo.gl/YoWri
Kathleen K February 22, 2013 at 03:19 AM
This was a very informative meeting with the Sheriff's department. It's a wonder no one from the city of Aliso Viejo, such as those responsible for public safety, or even the city council, bothered to attend. I would like to see these entities work together to keep the city safe for our children.
Parents United February 22, 2013 at 04:50 AM
This is exactly the point I am making. When I see politicians who only use public safety as a political chess piece, it makes me sick. If our representatives cared, or showed any concern beyond the ballot box, they would not only show up, but participate and engage with the community.

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