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At a recent meeting of the Task Force for Safe and Drug Free Schools and Community, Rose Bonanno (at right) leads a discussion about cyber-bullying.

The Task Force for Safe and Drug Free Schools and Community has arranged for nationally-known speaker Perry Aftab to address the community on Nov. 30. The entire community is invited to the program at Weber Middle School at 7 p.m. after Ms. Aftab has met with students during the day.

Since 1995, Parry Aftab has devoted her expertise to enhancing cyber-security for business and governmental entities, as well as preventing and investigating cyber-crimes, especially those that arise in the workplace or relate to Internet predators. Parry is heavily involved in Internet safety and security for children, senior citizens and victims of cyber-stalking and abuse. In her pro-bono role, she runs the world's largest online safety and help group that works closely with all major law enforcement agencies worldwide. She is a sought after speaker, worldwide, and speaks to governmental and law enforcement groups, trade conferences, international conferences and community and family groups, such as seniors, schools, parent-teacher organizations and youth groups.

"We are fortunate to have such a wonderful speaker come to Port Washington," say the school district's Manager of Continuing and Community Education, Regina Farinaccio. "The Internet is a wonderful tool and parents can learn how to oversee their children's use so that they can use the Internet safely." The Task Force has presented programs dealing with drug abuse, school safety and family issues in the community for more than 20 years.

Parry Aftab has spoken to many governmental agencies and groups worldwide, conducted briefings for the U.S. Senate, been a key speaker at the White House Summit on Online Content, the sole Internet-related expert speaking at the 2002 White House summit on Missing and Exploited Children and testified before leading legislative committees and The House of Lords, all with the same message: The Internet is a wonderful resource for families, and once parents understand the online risks, they can use common sense (and perhaps some filtering tools) to help their children enjoy cyberspace safely.

Parry has worked since 1997 to help develop educational materials for parents and since 1998 has devoted a substantial portion of her time to promote online safety worldwide. She runs the world's largest online safety and help group, WiredSafety.org. Empowered by the efforts of thousands of unpaid volunteers, Parry's nonprofit organization helps people who need help online, educates them about safe surfing and provides awareness programs worldwide. Her books for parents are the leaders in their space and her offline programs for schools and community groups are in constant demand. While some programs limit themselves to sexual predators and content online, Parry's programs also include piracy, privacy and empowering the children and teens themselves through innovative programs, such as www.teenangels.org.

If you would like additional information about this program in Port Washington, please contact Rose Bonanno, director of health, physical education and athletics at 767-5995 or Ronni Smithline, director of guidance, at 767-5814.


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