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Alabama Attorney General announces cyber training training program for parents, schools

From The Trussville Tribune staff reports

MONTGOMERY — Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall recently announced a partnership with interim Superintendent Ed Richardson of the State Department of Education on a new program to train parents and schoolteachers on safe online practices for children.

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall speaks during a luncheon of the Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce.

“We have been working together for several months to develop cyber training that helps parents and teachers determine if children are being targeted and how to report it to law enforcement,” said Marshall. “Our training is focused on protecting our children and our schools.”

Part of the program includes training on how to report suspicious online activity to authorities.

“My office will provide training to parents about online risks confronting children every day as well as ways to become involved in their social media activities while giving them the space to be independent,” Marshall said.

“Our experts will cover the most common smart phone applications (apps) accessible to young people which predators often use to contact young victims, as well as apps that allow young smart phone users to hide files and photos from parents.”

Training sessions can be requested at the State Department of Education’s email at comm.alsde.edu.

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