“This is not the first time this agency has come to educate us, but it is the first time we are opening the event up to the public,” said Family Resource Center coordinator Beth Petty. “Many of our middle school educators have gone through this program, and principals at both Walter J. Baird and Winfree Bryant [middle schools] really want parents, grandparents and caregivers to be made aware of the risks of online activity.”
Project iGuardian is focused on keeping children and teens safe from online predators through education and awareness.
“In our school system, we know that for our students to successfully compete in the global market, we must be forerunners with regard to technology. We are also equally committed to their online safety,” said Lebanon Director of Schools Scott Benson. “We are constantly looking for programs that assist our parents. These programs are always free to our families, and we are indebted to community partners like Project iGuardian that provide their expertise at no charge.”
Homeland Security investigations special agent and group supervisor Dennis Fetting will facilitate the workshop. A variety of take-home tip sheets will also be available for free.
Petty said due to the nature of the meeting, no one under 18 years old would be admitted into the program, but free childcare is available to students from birth through eighth grade. The workshop will be Monday from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Winfree Bryant Middle School auditorium at 1213 Leeville Pike in Lebanon.
To RSVP, contact Petty at 615-453-2693 or firstname.lastname@example.org.