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Assistant AG talks Internet safety with parents

Karen Meitzer has middle school-aged children and said Michaels' presentation gave her some ideas about how to better monitor what her children are doing on-line.

"As a parent, my concerns are that the Internet is a very dangerous avenue for children as well as adults," she said.

"What I learned tonight is that there are many places to go to should a line be crossed," Meitzer said. "However, what I didn't learn that I knew already is that communication with your own child is the most important thing and staying in touch with your child's life."

Michaels recommended parents visit www.netsmartz.org for tips on how to monitor and filter their children's Internet use, but echoed Meitzer's sentiment communication is the best tool.

"Talking to your kids about what they're doing on-line is the best resource for protecting them," he said. "The more comfortable they feel, the more likely they are to reach out when something bad happens."

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