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Cobb cops will teach you how to protect your kids from the Internet

Snapchat? Kik? WhatsApp?

These are the modern instruments of mayhem for children. These are the reasons hair turns gray. These are also amazing tools to help teens connect.

Nowadays, driving around hitting mailboxes with baseball bats seems tepid compared to embarrassing children in front of every classmate (even those at other schools) instantly using just your thumbs.

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Marietta police can help make sense of all this craziness.

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Detective Gretchen Ingram is leading the department’s first “Internet Safety Seminar for Parents.”

Police spokesman Chuck McPhilamy said parents can expect to learn “the latest teen trends with regard to social media, texting/sexting, monitoring apps, secret apps as well as current laws relating to these issues.”

A representative from the district attorney’s office and a cyber analyst will also be there to help.

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You’ll find out what apps average kids are using and what warning signs to look for.

And there will also be a question-and-answer session for the parents, so you can finally find out what in the heck these apps are all about.

The free seminar is on April 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Marietta High School, 1171 Whitlock Ave.

Email detective Ingram at gingram@mariettaga.gov with any questions you may have. And you can register here.

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