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Important Show features powerful tools for students and parents

 

(Woodbury, NJ) – Gloucester County Freeholder Director and Prosecutor Sean Dalton have a message for parents, grandparents and caretakers this holiday season:  take 30 minutes and watch Gloucester County’s Showcase on Internet Safety; it could literally save your child’s life.

 

“This is a powerful program that deals with topics like inappropriate texting, social media, cyber bullying, ‘textortion’ and other important cyber topics that parents need to know about to keep their children safe,” said Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger.

 

“The county has worked to make this show available twice a day from December 23 through January 1,” Director Damminger said.  “I sat down and watched it and walked away with a lot of useful information.  The program helps take the mystery out of a lot of what parents don’t really think about when it comes to technology and our children.”

 

The Internet Safety program will air at 12 noon and 8 pm each day on Chanel 34 (Verizon Fios) and Chanel 5 (Gloucester County Comcast), from December 23 through January 1 to accommodate working families’ schedules.

 

Prosecutor Sean F. Dalton said, “This program is must see TV for parents and children alike.  It is an excellent vehicle for families to discuss internet safety and bullying issues and the tragic consequences that can occur when rules are ignored.”

 

A large portion of the program is a presentation given by Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit Sergeant Steve LaPorta, who explains that once a photo is sent online, it can have grave consequences and there is no way you can control it.

 

“Words and photos put out over the internet can never be taken back.  The photo and all of the fun you had taking it, is out of your hands. As for cyber bullying, if you are not comfortable with saying something to a person in person, then don't say it online because those words cannot be taken back,” Sgt. LaPorta said.

 

A copy of the program is also available to borrow from each of the county’s six branch libraries.

 

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