DETROIT ARSENAL, Mich. - Workshops focusing on internet safety provide tips and strategies for parents and guardians to protect youth against online sexual and criminal activity.

On Feb. 23, the U.S. Army Garrison-Detroit Arsenal Family Advocacy, Employee Assistance, and Child and Youth School Services programs combined resources to present the first of three classes dealing with cyber-bullying, social network safety, internet lingo, and the importance of vigilant supervision.

"The internet is a useful tool when it comes to educating our youth, but it can also be a breeding ground for predator activity," said Cecelia McPherson, FAP manager. "Our workshops are all about providing information to keep our parents well informed."

During the class, presenters Geoff Patterson and Doug Rivers, from the Macomb County Sheriff's Department, and Lisa Crawford, from the CYSS, provided real-life examples and scenarios of how youth can be fooled by online predators or harm themselves or each other by posting hurtful or risquAfA information.

"We can't just concentrate on teaching the children in grammar school or high school," said McPherson. "We also need to concentrate on educating those young adults who are in college. They need to know that what they do or post online can stay with them for the rest of their lives."

The presentation received excellent ratings on the evaluation forms, which were completed by the thirty-five individuals in attendance.

The next program is scheduled for April 6 and will be geared for children and young adults.

"As long as there is a need for these programs, we will continue to offer them," stated McPherson. "Supporting our military families is what Army Community Service is all about."