MPD to hold cyber safety meeting for public

MPD to hold cyber safety meeting for public

Detectives from the Madison Police Department are holding a training session to educate residents about cybersecurity Wednesday night.

Residents will learn about safe online shopping and identifying secure websites.

Parents will also learn a few tips to protect their children from online predators and bullies.

Det. Kelly Beckett said it’s important for parents to talk to their kids about online gaming and the conversations they are having with video game opponents.

“It’s incumbent upon parents to be aware of who their kids are playing with and having them provide a comfortable environment knowing that they’re going to be OK, and that they can kind of negotiate those troubles together,” Beckett said.

Authorities encourage parents to familiarize themselves with popular apps their children are using like Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook.

Detectives will also talk about the different types of phishing scams. Beckett said they are hoping to reach senior citizens because they are more receptive to scam emails.

“We see those types of things where particularly maybe elderly people will give over money, not suspecting that they are the victim of a scam and what to do and how to go about living your life after that happens,” Beckett said.

The cyber safety meeting will be held at the Madison Police Department Training Center on Femrite Drive at 7 p.m.