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High-Tech Crime expert to talk sexting with Barrington parents

Published: Thursday, May 1, 2014 2:21 p.m. CDT

BARRINGTON – Internet Safety Specialist Melissa Hemzacek of the Illinois Attorney General's High-Tech Crime Bureau will address area parents at 6:30 p.m. May 20 at Station Middle School, 215 South Eastern Avenue in Barrington.

The event is open to parents of Barrington 220 students of all ages.

A parent coffee and panel discussion will be held the following morning, at 9 a.m. May 21, in the Guidance Resource Center at Barrington High School, 616 W Main St. in Barrington. This will cover a more in-depth conversation about the topic of internet safety and sexting.

Barrington 220 Superintendent Tom Leonard said "the gravity of sexting must be a community-wide concern because the issue is not just isolated to middle and high school students."

"As smartphones become more prevalent and popular with grade-school children, instances of inappropriate use of surfacing among younger ages to the point all parents should be mindful of the dangers," Leonard said.

Visit www.barrington220.org for information.

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