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Dr. Melanie Burkholder to Speak on Internet Safety and Awareness at Happy Hour Politics

Carlsbad CA— The dangers of Internet use and social media for children and teenagers will be the topic of conversation at HHP on June 15th! Carlsbad resident and former United States Secret Service Agent, Dr. Melanie Burkholder will speak to this issue, a topic of interest to all and recommended for parents (and grandparents) with children from elementary through high school. The goal of this “Internet Safety and Awareness” workshop is for parents to understand how seemingly innocent online behaviors like status updates, tagging, and “friending” strangers can turn into potential life-threatening scenarios.

Through real-life examples, parents will realize how much social networking has become a normal part of their children’s lives, and will learn how to recognize inappropriate activity in order to protect their children. The presentation touches on Internet sexual predators, identity theft, the repercussions of online posts or videos, cyber bullying, cyber stalking, cyber harassment and cyber threats, as well as “sexting” and “sextortion”.

The Happy Hour Politics events are held the third Wednesday each month from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at The Crossings, 5800 The Crossings Dr, Carlsbad. There is a $20 cash cover charge (includes appetizers). Drinks are available for purchase. For more information, email Melanie at hhpcbad@gmail.com. Check us out on Facebook as Happy Hour Politics, or follow us on Twitter @hhpcbad. RSVP by Wednesday, June 8th.