Web Safety Conference Live Online Tonight
The Missouri Research and Education Network, known as MORENet, is hosting Internet Safety Night this (Wedensday) evening, through an online video conference. KSMU's Megan Keathley reports.
In the digital age, "internet predators" and "online bullying" are words that parents hate to hear, much less deal with. Tonight, Missouri government and law enforcement is using the Internet to help parents and teachers fight back against those who abuse the web.
MORENet's Internet Safety Night is a real-time online video conference, which can be viewed throughout the state at designated libraries and school districts. Guest speakers, including Assistant Director James Finch of the FBI Cyber Division, will lead the interactive seminar from Columbia, with live feeds from 37 remote sites across the state. Southwest Missouri citizens may attend and participate at locations in Springfield, Hollister, Aurora, and Republic.
Scott Holstee is a spokesman with Attorney General Jay Nixon's office. Holstee points out it's not uncommon for young children to know more about the Internet than their parents, although kids often don't know what they're getting themselves into.
Holstee says the videoconference will provide a unique opportunity in which participants state-wide can have their questions answered by experts immediately.
Springfield's location for tonight's videoconference is the Library Center on South Campbell. For a complete list of the locations at which you can participate in the seminar, see the link at our website, ksmu.org. The Internet Safety Night Videoconference will begin tonight (Wednesday) at 6:30 p.m., with the interactive panel discussion beginning at 7:35. For KSMU News, I'm Megan Keathley.