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LCSO Crime Prevention Unit to Hold Series of Internet Safety for Parents Courses at Local Schools
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From Loudoun Sheriff:

Loudoun County, VA:  As part of National Crime Prevention Month the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office will unveil a new program to help protect kids online on Wednesday, October 19, 2011. The unveiling will be held during a series of Internet Safety courses the agency’s Crime Prevention Unit is holding at area schools.  
The new program, called ComputerCop, is a computer software program that allows parents to view and permanently delete potentially harmful images and information that have been downloaded on any home computer (Windows Only).  The free software is easy to install and gives parents an added safeguard to make sure their children are using the Internet safely and responsibly. The software will not only aid in protecting children from harmful material on the Internet, but should also initiate a line of communication between parents and children regarding the positive and negative aspects of the Internet and its appropriate use. 
The free program will be available during a series of courses on Internet safety, called Internet Safety: What Parents Need to Know. This course will help introduce parents to basic Internet safety as well as some advanced techniques to help keep their children safe while online and using technology. 
Internet Safety is a common topic of discussion for today’s parents and in some cases can be a source of anxiety. With technology moving ahead at such a rapid pace, it can be hard for parents to keep up let alone catch up. Topics that will be discussed:  Social Networking, Sexting/Texting, Cell Phone Technology and Features, Laptops vs. Desk Top PC’s, Current Trends, Predatory Behaviors, PC and Console Gaming, and Monitoring Techniques.    
Below is a list of the upcoming Internet safety courses being taught by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Unit:  
10/19/11 Stone Hill Middle School 6:30 PM 
12/12/11 Legacy Elementary School 7 PM 
01/18/12 Mill Run Elementary School 6:30 PM 
02/12/12 Hamilton Elementary School (Lincoln Included ) 7 PM 
03/08/12 Mercer Middle School 7:30 PM 
03/29/12 Blue Ridge Middle School 7 PM 
If you are unable to attend an upcoming class, copies of the ComputerCop program will be available on a first come-first serve basis at the following locations:  Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Administration Building, 880 Harrison Street, SE Leesburg, VA, the Dulles South Public Safety Center located at 25216 Loudoun Parkway in South Riding, VA , the Eastern Loudoun Station located at 46620 East Frederick Drive in Sterling, VA (adjacent to Rolling Ridge Elementary School), and the University Station located at 45299 Research Place, Suite 100, in Ashburn, VA. 
If you are interested in having a class taught at your child’s elementary, middle school or community group, please contact Deputy Specialist James D. Spurlock, Jr at James.Spurlock@loudoun.gov.

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