Understanding technology and your child

Special to GateHouse Media Florida
ECCAC, along with the Walton and Okaloosa Sheriff’s Departments, will be teaching a smart device class just for parents to better protect their children on Sept. 22 at the 

First United Methodist Church in DeFuniak Springs. [CONTRIBUTED PHOTO]

DEFUNIAK SPRINGS — The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC), Walton County Sheriff’s and Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Offices are working together to teach a class, only for parents, about smart devices and how parents can better protect their kids. The class will be free and open to the public from 9:55-10:45 a.m. Sept. 22 in the Fellowship Hall of the First United Methodist Church of DeFuniak Springs, 88 Circle Drive.

Instructors will provide a lecture on apps and device security, followed by a Q&A for the attendees. The instructors will help parents learn how to use technology to help protect their child. Attendees are encouraged to bring their child’s phone, but children are not allowed. Hand-outs will also be provided covering all the subjects discussed.

RSVPs are required to ensure supplies and handouts are available for attendees.

"The goal of this class is to better educate parents and caregivers on how to protect our children from the daily online dangers they can encounter through their electronic devices," said Danielle Jacka, ECCAC’s outreach program manager.

RSVP’s are requested by Sept. 19 to or 850-833-9237, ext. 233. Also, one needs to register online at