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INDIANAPOLIS — As many families go to eLearning, either by choice or not, many parents are concerned about online safety.

A Danville nonprofit is holding a webinar event “Tech Safety and Your Family” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday to help parents navigate virtual learning and keep their kids safe online.

Sheltering Wings’ webinar will focus on parental controls, settings, safeguarding apps, navigating social media and other issues related to your child’s security online.

Forty-one percent of tweens and 62% of teens spend more than four hours on their phones each day and young people are more than twice as likely as they were just a few years ago to say they must use computers for homework each night, according to Common Sense Media.

"We want to be able to offer our parents resources so we have general information about managing technology and the usage of it, from creating a media plan, flexibility and things like that as well as safety,” said Melissa Eckerd, Prevention and Education Officer at Sheltering Wings. “Technology is not a negative thing. It’s a tool we have at our disposal to grow and learn. We just want to equip families to use it the best way possible.”

The webinar is free and runs for 90 minutes. You have until 5:30 p.m. Thursday to register.