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Adults to be schooled on internet safety

BRIDGEPORT — As a parent, grandparent or guardian, do you know how to keep your children safe in the always-connected digital society?

An Internet Cyberbullying Safety seminar will be held inside the Bridgeport High School cafetorium at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The free, adults-only presentation is relevant to all parents, grandparents and guardians of children from preschool to college. The public is invited, and there will be prize baskets and refreshments. Expert Jesse Weinberger will lead the session.

“We’re trying to keep our kids safe and secure. There are so many impacts of the Internet. There are positives and there are negatives,” Bridgeport Middle School Principal Anne Haverty said. “We’re trying to educate the students. We have students using their first and last names, disclosing their phone numbers like, “Call me,” and that is in no way safe in any shape or form.

“We’re trying to educate the students, and we’re trying to educate the parents about how they can monitor what their children are doing.”

Haverty said most cases of cyberbullying occur during the evening hours because the students “don’t have access” to those apps during the school day.

“It happens at night and on the weekends and then comes back into school,” she noted.

This will be the second time Weinberger has spoke at Bridgeport. She talked to students in fourth through eighth grades separately last week.

“I was experiencing a whole bunch of trouble with social media with my students,” Haverty offered. “Our guidance counselor, Vickie Falcone, had heard Jesse speak there and said I should look her up.”

Weinberger is a nationally recognized internet safety presenter, TEDx speaker and author. Since 2003, she has been presenting to parents, students, teachers and school districts all over the United States. As a respected expert and leader in this field, she is frequently sought out by media, educators, administrators and law enforcement for guidance on how to manage and improve the digital lives of children all across the United States. Her particular passion is in speaking directly to tweens, teens and the parents who may not understand how best to keep their children safe.

Copies of her book: “The Boogeyman Exists: And He’s in Your Child’s Back Pocket” will be available for purchase. She will be available before and after the event for book signings.

Any questions can be directed to Bridgeport schools at 740-635-1713.

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