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LSSD to hold online safety workshop Monday

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The Lebanon Special School District (LSSD) will host the Department of Homeland Security for an upcoming workshop focused on keeping children and teens safe online through education and awareness.

"This is not the first time this agency has come to educate us, but it is the first time we are opening the event up to the public," said LSSD Family Resource Coordinator Beth Petty. "Many of our middle school educators have gone through this program, and principals at both Walter J. Baird and Winfree Bryant really want parents, grandparents and caregivers to be made aware of the risks of online activity."

The workshop, Project iGuardian, will be held on Monday, April 3, from 6 until 8:30 p.m. in the Winfree Bryant Middle School auditorium. It will be facilitated by Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent/Group Supervisor Dennis Fetting.

"In our school system, we know that for our students to successfully compete in the global market, we must be forerunners with regard to technology. We are also equally committed to their online safety," LSSD Director of Schools Scott Benson said. "We are constantly looking for programs that assist our parents. These programs are always free to our families, and we are indebted to community partners, like Project iGuardian who provide their expertise at no charge."

Petty noted that due to the nature of the meeting, no one under the age of 18 will be admitted into the program. However, free childcare is available to students from birth up to 8th grade. The workshop is free, and a variety of take home tip sheets will also be available at no charge.

To RSVP, contact Petty at (615) 453-2693 or

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