University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Social Work students host internet safety presentation April 27

In support of Child Abuse Prevention Month this April, a class of Social Work students is hosting a community-wide forum on how to keep kids safe on the Internet. The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl and is a collaboration between Prevent Child Abuse of North Dakota, Grand Forks County Social Services, UND Social Work Class 454, and UND Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society.

The featured speaker will be Corporal Lavonne Nelson from the Grand Forks Police Department. Titled “Safe in Cyberspace,” Corporal Nelson’s presentation will discuss methods of keeping children safe on the Internet, including search engine protection, security on personal profile sites (i.e. Facebook), and how to detect predatory practices. Other topics will include online spoofing, “sexting,” cyber-bullying, and stories from real-life victims.

All university and community members are encouraged to attend this free event, and free parking will be available in the lot east of the parking ramp on the corner of Columbia Road and University Avenue. Door prizes will be given out at the end of the presentation.

In an additional effort to build awareness of child abuse prevention, students have placed blue pinwheels at the intersection of Washington Street and DeMers Avenue to be on display throughout the month of April. The pinwheel, the national symbol for preventing child abuse, stands for hope, health and happiness and is meant to serve as a reminder that everyone has a role in preventing abuse. Each pinwheel is meant to represent the 502 children rescued through the national Amber Alert system since its implementation in 1996.

For more information on Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota and events occurring throughout the month of April, visit

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