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SPD hosts Internet safety program

The Maple School District is opening its doors to the public to keep kids safe. A free Internet Safety Program presented by Superior police officers runs 4-6:30 p.m. Tuesday Northwestern Elementary School.

"We believe that it's important to use technology responsibly and respectfully," said Beth Lindberg, a librarian and media specialist at Northwestern Elementary School. "We are trying to educate our population - students and parents - so they can be better communicators."

Any information posted online, whether in chat rooms or on Facebook sites, can be freely accessed not just by friends and family, but by criminals.

"It's important that we are all educated about what predators are looking for," Lindberg said.

The presentation will show adults how to protect their children. Det. Tom Champaigne and Sgt. Nick Alexander will troll for predators online to show the audience how quickly they pounce on youth in cyberspace, the questions they ask and what they are willing to do and say.

While the presentation is for adults only, free child care will be provided by Northwestern High School Family Consumer Science students. Administrators are backing the presentation, as well. Teachers from the district can earn inservice hours by attending the event. A similar presentation is planned for NHS students during the school day to encourage online safety.

The evening event is free and anyone is welcome whether they live in the district or not. No registration required.

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