LPD Offering Online Safety Courses for Parents

Lubbock police are hoping to help keep kids safe from online predators by educating their parents.
By Alison Morris

LUBBOCK- Lubbock Police are hoping to protect kids from predators by educating their parents.

"The thing is is that it puts so much information out there, or even if they don't think they're putting information out there, it still leaves them open for predators."

They're now offering classes each month called, "A Parent's Guide to Children's Online Safety."

Sergent Jason Lewis with LPD said that with all the picture and information sharing apps and websites like Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, it's hard to know what all kids are posting online these days.

"These kids are sending inappropriate pictures of themselves to each other, doing lots of selfies and things like that. A lot of those photographs end up making it to adult websites. I think about 88% of them do."

Lewis said it's important that both parents and kids know the dangers of posting personal things online.

"Some of them are long-lasting even for the kids that don't realize. We talk about cyberbulling, we talk about sexting, some of the things that these junior high students are doing now that can follow them for the rest of their lives."

Parents who attend the classes will be shown how to block certain websites and set up parental controls...

The classes will be offered every first Monday of the month at Maxey Community Center and each third Monday of the month at Hodges Community Center.

All classes will be held at 6pm through May.

To sign up, call Maxey at 767-3706 or Hodges at 767-3706.
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