Parents invited to SFHS tech program

The Sheboygan Falls School District will welcome well-known speaker Eric Szatkowski to the SFHS auditorium on Wednesday, March 5, for a presentation titled “The Dark Side of Digital Technology: Internet, Cell Phones, and Social Media.”

The program, which begins at 6 p.m., is designed solely for parents of elementary, middle and high school students. No children will be allowed to attend.

Szatkowski, who has been a special agent with the Wisconsin Department of Justice/ Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) for 22 years, is currently assigned to the state’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in Milwaukee.

Szatkowski’s law enforcement experience also includes undercover murder-for-hire, homicide, cold-case homicides, tracking fugitives and drug enforcement.

While digital technology offers a world of communication, education and entertainment options for youth, it also has a dark and dangerous side we must be aware of

This fast-paced presentation takes an in-depth look into the latest trends in digital exploitation of children.

Szatkowski uses real-life case examples and gives unabashed practical advice for anyone interested in the safety and well-being of our children while online or using their cell/smart phones.

He pulls-no-punches as he combines his investigative expertise with his own personal experiences as a husband and father who protected his own two children as they grew up with digital technology.

Attendees will learn techniques used by predators, the types of kids who are most vulnerable, and the link between the growing victimization of children and the sexualized culture.

Topics include the latest on potential dangers of social networking sites like Facebook, as well as disturbing trends of sexting, cyber bullying and webcam exploitation.

Szatkowski also discusses the risks of popular music and video file sharing programs, smart phone apps like Snap Chat, geo-tagging and online gaming.

Szatkowski will also provide a live, eye-opening demonstration of some troubling sites kids can be exposed to online or on their phones.

The audience will be challenged to be good parents instead of “best friends” to their children.

Szatkowski also explains how filters and monitoring software should be used to support their primary mission of raising kids in a safe, caring and high-tech environment.

In addition, drawings will be held for door prizes, including an iPad and gift cards.


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