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Free Internet safety program at Southmont Thursday night

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

NEW MARKET -- Teacher, author and performer Kevin Honeycutt will visit Southmont High School Thursday, Sept. 6 to talk about online safety and parenting in the digital age.

The 7 p.m. Thursday event is free and open to the public. No tickets are needed for admission to the auditorium.

The program is designed for parents, grandparents, teachers, librarians, law enforcement and other community members.

A nationally known cyber-safety expert, Honeycutt will touch on topics such as social networking, texting, gaming and good digital citizenship.

"As I illustrate the many ways today's kids are connected and networked, I also point out the many ways the world of business is using the same tools," he says.

"This is not a conversation geared toward vilifying technology but rather a chance to talk about the changing roles and responsibilities of parents and mentors in raising healthy, well-adjusted kids.

"I will spend time discussing the many legitimate and professional uses for the very same tools kids use to maintain social relationships and stress the importance of teaching kids to think carefully about their online reputation," he added. "We discuss the idea of a digital footprint and the ways it is quickly becoming an online, life-long resume."

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