Our friends at Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center (ECCAC) provided this information to us to share with SoWal.com readers...This is a pilot program ECCAC is doing with Verizon and the Walton County Sheriff’s Department to teach classes to parents on smart technology and how to protect their kids from on-line predators, etc. ECCAC would like to roll these classes out in several nearby counties. Technology Know-How For Parents…Keep Kids Safe The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC), Verizon and the Walton County Sheriff’s Office are working together on a class for parents only about smart devices and how they can better protect their kids. The class will be free and open to the public on Monday, October 30, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Destin Middle School’s cafeteria. Instructors will provide a 30-minute lecture on apps and device security, followed by a Q&A session for the attendees. Hand-outs will also be provided covering all the subjects discussed. RSVP required to ensure supplies and handouts are available for attendees. “We are excited about this new program to help parents,” commented ECCAC CEO, Julie Hurst. “Anything ECCAC can do to raise awareness of child abuse is so important for the well-being of our children, particularly with technology and the vulnerability it can create to put kids in dangerous situations with predators. We hope to be able to roll this program out quarterly throughout the region in order to help parents be better prepared and give them the technology know-how to protect their kids.” RSVP’s are requested by October 27, to Kim Henderson at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call her at 850-833-9237, Ext. 283, or online at www.eccac.org. For further information about the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Centers, visit www.eccac.org or call 850-833-9237. If abuse is suspected, call the anonymous Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE.