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Metro Council Members continue efforts to teach parents on internet safety

Wednesday April 18, 2007

Louisville Metro Council
For More Information Contact:
Stephen Haag: 574-1204/ 645-1752
Tony Hyatt: 574-4137/ 526-3622
For Immediate Release:


Four Metro Council members will continue a special “hands on” program designed to give parents insight into how to keep their children safe from on line predators.

On Tuesday, April 24th, a free seminar will be held at Southern High School to give parents the information they need to show them how to check what their child is doing on the internet.

More importantly, they will learn how to keep them from becoming cyber victims.

“In this internet culture, this is the most important training parents can attend,” says Councilwoman Madonna Flood (D) 24. “We don’t want children to suffer because we are not able to police and keep them safe on a machine that frankly, scares some adults.”

Flood is joining with Council Members Barbara Shanklin (D) 2, Vicki Aubrey Welch (D) 13 and James Peden (R) 23 in sponsoring the seminar.

“Most kids have more computer knowledge than their parents. It is important for parents who aren’t in a computer related field to attend classes like this” says Peden. “As a teacher and parent, I want to make sure parents know what dangers are out there, so that we can protect our children from unwanted online solicitations.”

The seminar will be held from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. There will be “hands on” working situations. Refreshments will be served.

It will feature experts on Internet Technology and law enforcement including:

  • Special Agent David J. Beyer, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Dr. Tony Sheppard, Psy. D., CGP
  • Donna Lampe, Director of Information Technology, Innovative Productivity, Inc
  • Fadi Younis, MCSE, MCSA, Network Administrator, Innovative Productivity, Inc.

“Councilman Doug Hawkins held the first of these seminars back in February,” says Flood. “We feel programs like this should be held as often as possible because many parents are technically challenged and are unable to see what their child is facing on-line. I was amazed at what I saw.”

Parents who attend the seminar will learn how to navigate through the internet. They will also be shown how predators operate. They will also be made aware of various tools that can be used on a computer to filter out access to areas on the internet that are not suitable for children.

“There is so much out there with technology that parents are unaware of,” says Welch. “This seminar will go a long way in helping parents protect their children.”

For those who would like to register for this free seminar, call Councilwoman Madonna Flood’s office at 574-1124.

Sponsors:
Madonna Flood (D) 24

Barbara Shanklin (D) 2

Vicki Aubrey Welch (D) 13

James Peden (R) 23