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Her View – Our digital world can be dangerous for our children

Published 3:26pm Friday, August 12, 2011

A workshop is being presented on Saturday, Aug. 20 from 2-4 p.m. at the Madison Library, to help parents learn how to keep kids safe from the dangers that can occur through the Internet and Mobile
devices.  The workshop will provide parents with a clearer understanding of the issues facing digital children and provide them with the resources they need to communicate with their kids about
making safer decisions.

The Internet and new technologies has certainly made great advancements and created great opportunities for our society, but it has also increased the threats that children face today. Through devices such as cell phones and social networking sites our young children are vulnerable to easy access to pornography, violent content and other inappropriate sites. Cyberbullying, sexual predators, sexting, and distracted driving through texting are other concerns that have reared their ugly head in our world of technological advancement.  According to one of the workshop presenters, Chantaine Bulluck, the workshop will provide parents with a clearer understanding of the issues facing digital children and provide them with the resources they need to communicate with their kids about making safer decisions.

It was recently reported that 43 percent of teens aged 13 to 17 report that they have experienced some
sort of cyberbullying in the past year.  One out of five teens reported that they have electronically sent or posted online, nude or semi-nude pictures or videos of themselves. Sexting also provides online predators with the ability to use the photos for pornographic purposes.  Parents of teenage drivers face another major concern… Texting. Text messaging has increased tenfold over the past three years and texting and internet browsing behind the wheel account for thousands of car accidents and deaths every year.

It is important that parents become knowledgeable about the dangers that lurk behind computer and cell phone screens. I encourage Madison County parents and grandparents to consider attending this important workshop that will inform and educate regarding the issues of the digital age.

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