Too much information: learn about how to stay safe online

Children and teenagers are not the only ones who could learn a thing or two about personal security when surfing the web.

Children and teenagers are not the only ones who could learn a thing or two about personal security when surfing the web. The Lake Cowichan School District Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) is encouraging parents to attend an upcoming presentation by Victoria Police Staff Sgt. Darren Laur on Jan. 19, who will be talking with local students earlier that day.

This will be Laur’s second time visiting the Lake Cowichan School giving online safety presentations. His presentation covers subjects like cyber bullying, sharing too much personal information on social media and “poor online decision-making”.

Laur will give two presentations to students, each tailored to different age groups — Grades 6 to 9 and Grades 10 to 12. The presentation in the evening is for parents and will include tips for ensuring their children’s safety online.

Paula MacGregor, PAC chairperson, is encouraging parents to attend but said she understands that some families may have prior commitments in the evenings.

“I think it’s important that if you can’t attend yourself to at least ask their children what they heard and learned from Sgt. Laur or ask a parent that did attend,” she said in an email to the Gazette.

“In this day and age, [the Internet] is such an important make-up of kids and their social interactions.”

The event is on Jan. 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lake Cowichan School theatre.