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Lincoln kids get lesson in Internet safety

By: Staff report
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The Lincoln Police Department, with the help of Twelve Bridges Library, is hosting a series of one-hour Internet Safety classes using curriculum from www.Net-Smartz.org. All classes are at the Twelve Bridges Library, 485 Twelve Bridges Drive. Saturday, the program was designed for kids ages 4 to7. Children learned what to do if exposed to unwanted pictures or content, how not to give out personal information and what to do if they receive an email from people they don't know. After the class, the children were read a book by Lincoln Police Officer Adam Ottinger and enjoy a K-9 demo from Officer Nancy Best and her partner Whisk. At 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19, the program will be tailored to ages 8-12. Children will learn about predators (what they are, how they make contact, what they do), revealing to much personal information, cyberbullying, online social life, spyware spam and scams, cell phones and online gaming. Officer Best and Whisk will be making an appearance at the end of this class as well. At 2 p.m. Saturday, May 3, the class will be for ages 13-18. Teenagers will learn about predators, revealing too much personal information, cyberbullying, online social life and networking. The class at 2 p.m. May 31 will be for parents and interested community members. What your children are exposed to, statistics, cyberbullying matters, your child's online life and social networking sites, blogging, webcams, spyware spam and scams. Also, what you can do; rules, communication tips, safeguarding and reporting.