Greenfield-Central to host workshop on cyber safety

GREENFIELD — As Greenfield-Central School Corp. looks to expand its take-home computer program to students at the junior high, educators say it’s more important than ever to educate parents about the danger the Internet and social media pose to their children.

Greenfield Police Department Detective Sgt. J.D. Fortner will lead a cyber safety workshop for parents Tuesday night at the auditorium of Greenfield-Central High School. The workshop begins at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.

The workshop, organized by school officials and Fortner, will focus on teaching parents about cellphone apps and Internet websites children use frequently and the safety risks they pose. Fortner also will talk with parents about effective ways to monitor their children’s Internet and cellphone usage and educate them about what to look for if they believe their children might be putting themselves in danger.

Kim Kile, director of guidance at Greenfield-Central High School, said she hopes the workshop gives parents the opportunity to connect with other parents and share resources and tips they’ve used to protect their teens.

The school district already blocks websites deemed inappropriate or harmful, but educators can’t monitor cellphones and personal computers when students aren’t logged into the school Wi-Fi.

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Greenfield-Central School Corp. is partnering with Greenfield Police Detective Sgt. J.D. Fortner to host a cyber safety workshop.

The event begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the auditorium at Greenfield-Central High School, 810 N. Broadway St., Greenfield.

The workshop is open to the public.

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Samm Quinn is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3275 or squinn@greenfieldreporter.com.