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Actor to visit Greenwood, screen Web safety film

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A former television actor known for his leading role in popular 1970s show “CHiPS” is coming to Johnson County to talk about Internet safety.

Erik Estrada will be at Southland Community Church in Greenwood on Wednesday to talk to families and teens about Internet safety and sex trafficking, according to a news release from the church. He is helping to promote the movie “Finding Faith.”

Estrada and Sheriff Mike Brown of Bedford County, Va., made the faith-based movie about Internet safety.

Estrada, Jason Campbell, who is executive producer of the film, and composer Dean Haskins will visit Southland Community Church on Wednesday evening for a screening of the movie.

If you go

What: Screening of the film “Finding Faith,” with an appearance by Erik Estrada.

When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Where: Southland Community Church, 5800 West Smith Valley Road, Greenwood.

Southland Community Church decided to contact Estrada about hosting a screening of the film after some parents in their congregation asked about seeing it, senior pastor Steve Schellin said.

The film is based on true events from stories of three females who became victims of Internet predators or sex traffickers, according to the news release.

The film details a family’s ordeal trying to find their 14-year-old daughter Faith, who becomes a victim of an online predator and is sold into sex trafficking.

Internet safety and sex trafficking is an issue for every family with children, Schellin said.

Schellin hopes his congregation will learn about the danger of predators online after watching the movie.

“We’re hoping that parents and grandparents, and teenagers themselves, will become more aware of the fact that social media is used as a tool for child predators,” Schellin said.

“Finding Faith” will educate parents, educators and residents about how children are being targeted online, Estrada said in the news release.

“Whether being concerned about your elementary-aged child learning to use search engines or managing your high schooler’s growing dependency on social networking sites, this film is both entertaining and extremely educational,” he said.

For more information about the movie and additional screening dates visit www.findingfaithfilm.com.

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