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Social media and online safety forum set for next week in Ohio County

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of West Virginia

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – A community forum highlighting the latest advances in social media and technology will take place next week in Wheeling in order to help parents keep their children safe online.

The United States Attorney’s Office and the West Virginia State Police will partner with Ohio County Schools to host the event on Wednesday, May 4 at 6:00 p.m. at Woodsdale Elementary School.  It will feature a presentation outlining current trends in social media and Internet usage by kids of all ages.  Strategies will be offered to help ensure that young people remain safe and that teenagers use technology responsibly.  Following the presentation, representatives from the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the State Police will take questions and address concerns raised by the audience.
“In recent years, advances in technology have occurred so rapidly that many parents have a hard time keeping up with their kids,” noted U.S. Attorney Ihlenfeld.  “Technology can enhance the ability to learn and communicate, but at the same time it can put our children in harm’s way.  We invite the community to join us to discuss the challenges that we all face in keeping our kids safe in the digital age.”

The event is open to the public and those attending will be permitted to park on the playground at the school.  Anyone with questions about the event should contact the U.S. Attorney’s Office at 304-234-0100.

Updated April 27, 2016

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