The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC), Verizon, and the Walton and Okaloosa County sheriff’s offices 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 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. March 26 at the Pierce Family Children’s Advocacy Center, 336 College Avenue in DeFuniak Springs.

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,” said 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 will be rolling 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 March 23 at, 850-833-9237, Ext. 233,