Internet Expo aims to teach parents, children about Web

June 06, 1998|By Jamie Smith | Jamie Smith,SUN STAFF

Ellen Kreisler Helfman's kids are much more familiar with the Internet than she is -- and she thought it was high time she fixed that.

"It's a big world out there," said Helfman, a Baltimore County schoolteacher and parent of two teen-agers who attended the Parent Internet Expo at Towson University yesterday.

It was the first day of a weekend-long event designed to educate adults about the Internet.

Organizers of the free event -- the first under the auspices of the county schools' Parent Internet Education Initiative -- hope it will dTC teach computer-illiterate parents about the online world.

The well-being of children could be at stake, they say.

"Not everything on the Internet is appropriate for kids," said Della Curtis, coordinator of the county schools' library information services office, who helped plan the expo. "It becomes important to teach kids safe use of the Internet."

Yesterday, companies offered families educational wares, students showed off their Internet-driven research projects and Net neophytes tried out the World Wide Web.

Roxanne Jarvis, 38, and 9-year-old son, Ronnie, took a look at a Babe Ruth site, an online magazine and the Walters Art Gallery home page.

The expo will run from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and noon to 6 p.m. tomorrow in the University Union at Towson University.

Pub Date: 6/06/98

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