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2010-03-11 / Front Page

Police Chief Brings Attorney General’s Internet Safety Program to Lexington

Lexington Chief of Police Randy Davenport announced this week that a representative from the Texas Attorney General’s Office will be presenting a program on internet safety to the Lexington citizens. Chief Davenport said, “The proliferation of child predators using the Internet to target young victims has become a national crisis.”

According to the Attorney General’s website, a study shows one in seven children will be solicited for sex online in the next year. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is urging all parents and teachers to realize the risks our children face online, and take steps to help ensure their safety.

Top investigators from the Cyber Crimes Unit of the Attorney General’s Office are spreading the message of online safety to children and parents through a series of Cyber Safety Town Hall meetings. The interactive presentation allows parents to hear straight talk about the risks of online child predators and the steps they can take to protect their children.

Furthermore, the program will help people learn to identify scams and people attempting to get your money or identity. Some of the tips the Attorney General’s office lists are: Don’t confuse glitz with legitimacy. It costs very little to set up a Web site that looks expensive; Certain information, like a social security number or a woman’s maiden name, can be used to confirm identity; You still cannot get something for nothing: Be wary of claims that sound too good to be true.

The representative will also be discussing safety issues when doing online shopping, online investments and online auctions.

The cyber safety program will be held on Thursday, April 1, at the Woodson Community Building in Lexington beginning at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact the Lexington Police Department.

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