Keep kids safe online with Coquitlam RCMP courses

Presentations planned for both Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam residents

Parents can get tips on how to keep their children safe on social media from a knowledgeable source: the cops.

Local Mounties are holding two courses — one in Coquitlam, one in Port Coquitlam — to provide parents with information on internet, safety including the basics of cyberbullying, sexting and sharing of intimate images, child luring, and some of the apps that could make kids more vulnerable.

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“The goal here is to build up your comfort level and increase your family’s safety,” said Const. Jason Davies, who will be presenting on behalf of the Coquitlam RCMP.

“We’re leaving digital footprints everywhere we go but that doesn’t have to be scary,” stated Const. Davies in a press release. “Once you’re a digitally-literate citizen and you take an active role in your children and youth’s online activities, you’ll be much more prepared to navigate around any potential problems.”

The seminars are open to the public and do not require registration. They run from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the following dates:

• Tuesday, Jan. 21 in the McGee Room at the Poirier community centre, 630 Poirier St., Coquitlam;

• Wednesday, Jan. 22 at The Youth Lounge in the Port Coquitlam community centre, 2150 Wilson Ave., Port Coquitlam.

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