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April 13, 2017: Cst Neilly’s Neighbourhood; Internet Safety for Parents (on May 2nd).

April 13, 2017: Cst Neilly’s Neighbourhood;
Internet Safety for Parents (on May 2nd).

By Cst. Dawn Neilly.

The twentieth and twenty-first centuries have seen a lot of technological innovation. Transportation has been a main area of development since early in the twentieth century, but these days the emphasis seems to be more and more on communication.

We have entered the wired world in a big way. The Internet has opened up new worlds and, in so many ways, can help us live better and more interesting lives.

But, like any other tool, the Internet can be used for good or for ill. You might decide to misuse a hoe by hitting someone over the head with it, and you’ve affected one person, but the misuse of the Internet is far worse in that its reach is global. And it’s fast. Before the action of hitting a button can be properly thought through, the deed is done and a life can be ruined. Access to the Internet is both wonderful and dangerous.

Going online for work or recreation, sending emails or texting, is now second nature to the vast majority of us. Using social media sites is the norm. The youngest generation has been born into an Internet world and, unlike with the automobile, there is no licensing restriction for its use.

Anyone, any age, can access the Internet. The responsibility of parents to teach their children proper Internet use and to monitor their online activity is crucial.

If you are a parent with questions or concerns about your child’s vulnerability because of online activity, then I would encourage you to attend an upcoming Internet Safety for Parents session that might help you avoid a potential problem, not to say tragedy.

It’s being held at the Hintonburg Community Centre on Tuesday, May 2, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. If you’re not a parent yourself but have children in your care, you are also welcome.

The proliferation of computers, smart phones, tablets and whatever device is next off the assembly line, is putting technology in the hands of younger and younger children.

As a parent, you can’t start too early learning how to Internet-proof your child.
See you in May.

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Photo Caption: Event poster.
Text in poster:
“Internet Safety For Parents”
“May 2, 2017 6:30-8 p.m.”
“Hintonburg Community Centre”
“1064 Wellington Street West”
“Ottawa Police Service”,
“Service de Police d’Ottawa”,
“A Trusted Partner in Community Service”,
“Un partenaire fiable de la securite communautaire”.

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