SPRINGFIELD TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – An internet safety workshop will be held Thursday to help people learn how to protect themselves online.

The workshop will be held at Springfield Fire Station #21 at 3989 E. Middletown Road in New Springfield.

The workshop will teach about things like protecting your personal identity, how to spot scams, safe landing spots and protecting your assets.

“To both be able to use the Internet safely for your identity, and to be able to buy or sell anything over the Internet, so you know the safe way to do it,” said Josh Vieri, a Springfield Township trustee. .

The workshop is organized by the Oak Hill Partnership. The organization receives funding from the Mahoning County Commissioner’s Office to provide workshops and classes throughout the county.

“There are a lot of people who are reluctant to come online because they hear that, or they don’t know how to protect themselves, or they don’t know what it is, so we said don’t let that hold you back. from the internet. You just have to do it carefully, and we’re going to help people do it,” said Pat Kerrigan, executive director of Oak Hill Collaborative.

This is the first workshop of its kind to be held in Springfield, but Weiry says it is needed, and so is the need for more Internet access.

“We lack space because we’re pretty rural here… Urban people who don’t have that, half the city has it and half the village doesn’t have it… The ability to empower our children and grow our village, without that we’re not going anywhere.” Vieri said.

The workshop starts at 6pm and is free and open to the public. There is room for 100 people to attend and it will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

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