NCSO hosts cyber safety summit

COVINGTON — The Internet has opened up the world to young people, sometimes in ways that are fresh and exciting, but too often in ways that can be dark and dangerous.

Every day the Internet Crimes against Children investigator with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office looks into crimes that could have been prevented with basic common-sense precaution.

In an effort to educate the public on the precautions they should take when allowing their children to enter the “cyber world,” the NCSO is sponsoring “Reality Bytes: Cyber Safety Summit 2013.”

“This will be a great opportunity for parents to attend with their children, 12 years of age and older, to hear firsthand the very present dangers lurking in all the new technology at our fingerprints,” said NCSO Deputy Cortney Morrison.

The event will take place Oct. 22 at the Newton College & Career Academy, which is located on 144 Ram Drive. Information booths will be open from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Speakers from agencies such as the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, T-Mobile and the Newton County District Attorney’s Office will make presentations from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., covering topics like Internet safety, human trafficking, sexting, computer/phone technology, child exploitation laws and more.

The NCSO will also provide software for parents to help them monitor their children’s online activity.

In addition to the cyber-safety information, “Chopper” from the Gwinnett Braves will be there from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.. The Newton County Health Department will be on hand offering flu shots for a $25 fee. There will also be opportunities to win door prizes and other giveaways. Fore more information, email ncsorealitybytes@yahoo.com