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Lexington Sheriff's Dept. Teaching Social Media Dangers
Thursday, April 26, 2012


Lexington, SC (WLTX) - A workshop held tonight by the Lexington County Sheriff's Department hopes to keep your family from becoming victims on the internet.

Aiming to be proactive in Lexington County, a class is being taught to help people in the Midlands become more familiar with the benefits and dangers of social media.

"We want to prevent victimization and crimes," says Erik Murrah, social media coordinator with the Lexington Sheriff's Department. Responsible parenting, he said, needs to extend to cyberspace.

"The biggest danger is not knowing what your kids are doing on the internet and that's what we are going to focus on tonight," said Murrah. "I'm going to encourage parents, if you don't know what your kids are doing online, you need to have somebody explain it to you. The kids safety is that important."

Sharon Lentz is attending to find out how she can protect herself. She says she has already been a victim, getting scammed over the internet just a few weeks ago.

"I called consumer reports the next morning and they said to take my computer to a local company. My computer was full of spyware," said Lentz.

Nancy Jones, however, came to the free workshop for a different reason.

"With my grandson I always tell him, grandmom is here to keep you safe. It's the same with the internet."

Jones says her grandkids are just starting to use the internet and she wants to be prepared for what they may encounter.

"Prevention is more important than the crime being committed. Very important," said Jones.

Murrah encourage safe, monitored use, of kids social media sites. Information he believes will pay dividends.

"If we can help someone avoid being a victim in cyberspace that falls within our mission," said Murrah.

The Lexington Sheriff's Department says they plan to hold other free social media workshops in the near future.

Source: http://www.wltx.com/news/article/185660/2/Lexington-Sheriffs-Dept-Teaching-Social-Media-Dangers-

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