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Greenville County School District offers Internet security presentations

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

After four Riverside Middle School students were charged with possession of child pornography, and another student from Ralph Chandler Middle School was charged with criminal sexual conduct of a minor, many parents are concerned and want to know what they can do.

The Greenville County School District offers presentations in Internet security. "We engage the students and parents and faculty in safe internet practices," Spencer Benham said. 

Benham is head of information security for Greenville County Schools. He said they have two staff members that visit schools and give presentations. 

"This year we've done over 255 throughout the schools and community," Benham said. A spokesperson for the district said two were held at Riverside Middle School this year. 

"We will talk about things such as sexting, and posting photographs and things like that," Benham said.

Online, schools like Cherrydale Elementary School have a parents guide to internet safety on their website.  They highlight the dangers children can encounter on the Internet as well monitoring your child's activity.

"There needs to be that engagement with the child about everything that's possible with that device," Benham said.

He said they also work with other agencies like the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and also cover cyberbullying in their programs, as well as how damaging posts on social media can be to their future. 

"If they want to be in athletics, a sports program, a very particular, successful sports program is not going to look kindly on if you've had a spotty career with your social media or if you've been posting online or have been involved with the police in a negative light," Benham said. 

He said it's important for parents to talk with their children about their online activity, and know what they're doing.

"A lot of people stick on the reactive side, of it and we need to be on the forefront of it, and we've learned over the history of doing this that you've got to be out there in front and you've got to be pushing the awareness doctrine," Benham said.

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