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Series for parents tackles Internet safety, drugs


Parents will be able to learn strategies for keeping their children safe online at the next installment of an information series offered at Grandview Heights High School.

"Staying Safe Online" will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 4 in the auditorium at the high school, 1587 W. First Ave. The series is sponsored by the high school PTO.

"Teens and, really, students of all ages spend so much time now in cyberspace and online," Principal Dawn Sayre said. "Kids are often naive and too trusting when it comes to the Internet, so it's important for parents to know the risks that are out there and how to help keep their children safe."

The Feb. 4 program will be led by Holly Drake, senior consultant, office of privacy at Nationwide Insurance.

Drake and colleagues from Nationwide will discuss social networking, cyberbullying, smartphones, personal computers and strategies for being safe online, Sayre said. Parents will be able to ask questions.

The online safety program is the second in the parent information series.

"At the end of last year, we decided we wanted to do a series of programs for parents on issues that are relevant to what teens, and all kids, are dealing with these days," Sayre said.

"We worked with the PTO to brainstorm and come up with topics and suggestions for who could lead these programs," she said.

The first program, "Too Smart to Start," held in November, addressed student use of illicit and prescription drugs.

"Parents seemed to appreciate having a chance to learn about the issue and have their questions answered," Sayre said.

A second "Too Smart to Start" program will be presented from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 4 in the Brotherhood of the Rooks media center at the high school. Franklin County Municipal Court Judge Scott VanDerKarr and a drug counselor will discuss the consequences of drug use and offer potential solutions to the problem.

The final program in the series, "Operation Street Smart: Adult Drug Education," will be presented from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 21 in the media center.

Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott will show drug paraphernalia and discuss signs of drug use parents should watch for.