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Protecting Children in a Digital World

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John Groshans, a Floral Park police officer, presented "Social Media, What Every Parent Needs to Know" to a packed library of East Rockaway School District parents at Centre Avenue School on Jan. 31.

For more than 60 minutes, followed by a question and answer period, officer Groshans shared valuable information on how to protect children while they are using the internet. He addressed the dangers of social media, including child predators and apps that children may have access to, what information they may inadvertently share and the consequences of a photo, video or statement going viral. Officer Groshans offered suggestions and safety precautions that parents and caregivers can use. A week later, he addressed students in grades 5-8 with important guidelines for them to use in the digital world.