Duluth Police Talk Sexting, Cyber-Bullying, and Your Kids

By KBJR News 1

March 31, 2011 Updated Mar 31, 2011 at 10:34 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Whether it's cyber-bullying, sexting, or an employer finding a Facebook page that could cause you to lose your job - Duluth police say, when it comes to social media, think before you post.

The Duluth Police Department and other speakers gave a special presentation tonight in West Duluth.

They spelled out how to deal with kids who want Facebook pages to how to be careful of what a potential employer could find on a background check.

Officers said there is a growing number of cases involving young people and bullying on social media such as Facebook as well as sexting.

They there is still a large grey area when it comes to young people and sexting, because an underage sender of an explicit text or picture, and the receiver could both end up in legal trouble.

"And it can really ruin lives, I mean, we're seeing it from celebrities now, and so for the students I just encourage them to realize what they're saying and what they're sending before they do it, and parents need to really be aware of the technology that their kids have and how they're using it and get involved," said Sgt. Gayle Holton.

Holton said some more serious cases of bullying and sexting, the cases can fall under child pornography laws and privacy laws.

He said in less serious cases, just getting parents involved and informed helps their children from having records and helps prevent further problems.

Officers told parents tonight to let their older kids have a Facebook page.

The officers said almost every kid has Facebook, whether you know or not, so it's better to let them have the page and then "friend them" and snoop around on their page and monitor it.

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