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Get Connected offers talk on risks of Internet

The Get Connected Parent Network invites parents to hear from Eric Szatkowski who will speak on “Internet: What to Know for the Summer Ahead” April 23 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be at Templeton Middle School, N59 W22490 Silver Spring Drive, Sussex.

While the Internet offers a world of educational and entertainment options for young people, it also has a dark and dangerous side. This presentation on the online exploitation of children includes real-life examples and practical advice for anyone interested in the safety and well-being of children. Topics include techniques used by predators, kids who are most vulnerable, the importance of filters and monitoring software, the risks of online journals like My Space and an eye-opening live demonstration of chat rooms.

Szatkowski has been a special agent with the Wisconsin Department of Justice/Division of Criminal Investigation since 1991. He is assigned to the state’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in Milwaukee and is one of the nation’s leading officers in apprehending sexual predators who use the Internet to seduce or exploit children. Before his law enforcement career, Eric spent seven years in broadcast journalism. He was a news reporter, anchor and producer, working at TV stations in Milwaukee, Oklahoma City and Madison.

The Get Connected Parent Network helps parents navigate children through their school years by providing:

  • age-appropriate information;
  • networking with other parents;
  • presentations from professionals; and
  • guidance and support.

Get Connected is sponsored by the Parent and Community Triangle, a partnership between the Hamilton School District, Sussex-area Outreach Services and community parents. Funding and support provided by United Way of Waukesha County “Helping Kids Succeed” initiative.

For more information, please contact Get Connected Coordinator Kristin Hasbrook at (262) 246-1973 x1128.