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Newton County Cyber Safety Summit set for Oct. 13

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Sheriff's Office is hosting an event they hope will educate the community on how to avoid becoming a victim of cyber crime.

"We're seeing a dramatic increase in crimes against children on line," said NCSO spokesman Lt. Mark Mitchell. "We think this is a way to take a proactive step in educating parents and the community on how to safeguard children against such crimes."

"Reality Bytes: Cyber Safety Summit 2011" will be held at The Church at Covington on Ga. Highway 142, from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 13 It is free and open to parents and their children over 12 who will be able to hear firsthand about the dangers lurking via today's new technology.

The NCSO has an Internet Crimes Against Children Unit and many arrests have been made locally and across the state based on the work of this unit.

"On a daily basis (investigators) examine cases that could have been prevented with basic common sense precaution," Brown said in a press release. "(I) have decided to take a proactive approach to this hot button issue as the Sheriff's Office's ICAC Unit has put together an informative program."

Brown said from 6-7 p.m. booths will be open and will hand out valuable information to help educate the public on precautions they should take when allowing their children to venture into the cyber world. Beginning at 7 p.m., there will be several presentations made by agencies such as the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Newton County District Attorney's Office, the Juvenile Justice Fund, T-Mobile and a victim assistance specialist for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The NCSO will also have software available to parents to help monitor their children's computer activity.

Also, during the evening there will be a special performance by the Alcovy High School Chorus.

The press release states several community businesses have contributed items to be used as door prizes and other give-aways at the event.

To register for the event, email your name and number attending to ncsorealitybytes@yahoo.com or call 678-625-1412. By registering for the event, you will be entered into the drawing for door prizes.

"We urge the public to come out and take the things they learn back to their homes to protect themselves and their children from Internet predators," Mitchell said.