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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The classroom looked a little different at Cypress Point Elementary School Saturday, as parents were schooled on child safety issues.

Teachers and faculty of Cypress Point Elementary as well as Monroe Police taught the Parents' Academy about keeping your child safe at home, in school, and on the web.

"The internet is a scary place, there are lots of predators out there, and we as adults need to try to protect our kids," says Director of Student Support Services Vickie Irwin.

Irwin spoke to parents about keeping a watchful eye on their children's text messages and E-mails. She even gave a quick lesson on the language to look out for.

"How about PIR, know that one? That's "Parent In Room," says Irwin, "That's a clue, to not text anything you don't want my parent to know."

Monroe Police Sergeant Mark Johnson spoke at the forum about the dos and don'ts of social media.

"Become educated," says Sgt. Johnson, "when polled, over 48% of all parents don't have a clue what their kids are doing on the internet."

He says one way to be proactive is to be friends with your children on social media websites.

"If your kid won't friend you, in police work, we call that a clue, that your kid is doing something they don't want you to see," Sgt. Johnson says.

He explains that bullying or fights that start on the internet or through texts, can quickly escalate to become an issue in the classroom. Johnson says the same type of predators he works so hard to keep out of schools, can also be found on the web.

"It's like letting the bad guy come in through the internet," says Johnson.

Cypress Point administrators say they are excited to see parents taking an interest, and that this is just one many steps to keep their students safe.

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