Keeping Kids Safe Online: Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month

By KBJR News 1

April 29, 2013 Updated Apr 29, 2013 at 10:22 PM CDT

Superior, MN (NNCNOW.com) - April is Child Abuse Prevention Awareness month and Monday, local officials teamed up to educate community members about how to keep their kids safe from online predators.

The event titled The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly; What you can do to keeps kids safe online took place at the Denfeld High School media center.

The Lake Superior Forensic, Technology and Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force led the informative meeting.

Topics included social networking sites, sexting and cyber bullying.

First Witness sponsored the event and officials say the session was geared toward those individuals who are still learning how communication takes place in cyber space.

"One of the biggest things is to understand the internet and how it works. The other thing is to make sure that your kids don't ever have a computer—or access to a computer—where you can't see it. So if they are in a room with the door closed and they're hours and hours on the computer, you want to make sure you can see what they are doing," Beth Olson, the First Witness Executive Director, said.

Olson says the information goes beyond parents...child care providers and teachers also need to be aware of internet dangers toward children.

For more information, visit: www.firstwitness.org

Justin Reis, NNC.