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Sheriff’s office presents internet safety course for young people

A free seminar Wednesday presented by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office aims to teach young people ages 7 to 16 how to safely navigate the internet and recognize suspicious behaviors.

The class, which is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Fowler Park Recreation Center, 4110 Carolene Way, Cumming, will be taught by Deputy Jenny Belafi.

Belafi said due to the widespread nature of internet access, it’s “as easy as picking up a smartphone or playing on a gaming console — devices that connect you to the 3.5 billion people on the internet.”

“Not knowing who your child is online with and what your child is doing while online can be a recipe for disaster,” Belafi said. “Sexting, inappropriate photographs, cyber bullying, adult only websites … can cause damage to a child’s wellbeing, safety and future.”

Added Belafi: “Come and let your children learn ways to stay safe and how you, as a parent, can protect your children.”