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Internet safety program Wednesday in Jim Thorpe

Published October 06. 2009 05:00PM

Operation Safe Surf, a program presented bythe Pa. State Attorney General's Office, will be hosted by Jim Thorpe's PTSA at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the high school.

The Pa. Attorney General's Office and the Jim Thorpe High School PTSA have partnered on this presentation.

Internet safety is rapidly becoming one of the toughest issues facing parents today.

"Operation Safe Surf," the program presented by the Attorney General's office, will educate not only kids and schools about Internet safety, but to also show parents how they can help keep their children safe online.

As Pennsylvania's top law enforcement officer, Attorney General Tom Corbett has made it a top priority to guard children against sexual predators, creating the Child Predator Unit within the Office of Attorney General to investigate and capture online child predators before they strike.

Children are growing up in a digital age and spend a great deal of their time online - instant messaging, researching and shopping.

And, while these are all great tools, they need to be used wisely. Children are being targeted by online predators at an alarming rate, so it is critical for us to help them learn how to protect themselves while still enjoying all of the benefits of the Internet.

How can parents best talk with their children about Internet safety? Open the lines of communication.

The attorney general's office says not surprisingly, many kids are more adept at using a computer and the Internet than their parents. Talk to your kids to find out what they are doing online.

The most important thing to remember is that it is okay to ask your kids questions. What are they doing online? What types of sites do they visit? To whom are they talking? Do they have a profile on a social networking site like MySpace? If so, ask them to show you the site.

Have they posted photos of themselves on a blog or personal webpage?

Remember it's not being nosey - it's being a parent.

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