Judge offers parents tips to keep kids safe with social media
FRANKLIN, TN (WSMV) - With so many new apps popping up each day, kids sometimes
know more about expanding technology than adults do. That's not only
dangerous, but it could get them in trouble with the law.
wouldn't give your child the car keys to a vehicle without many, many
hours of training behind the wheel, and you should treat the Internet
the same way: with some regulatory mechanisms," said Williamson County
Juvenile Judge Sharon Guffee.
Guffee has teamed up with law
enforcement and even a psychological counselor to help parents learn
what they need to do to keep their children safe.
younger and younger children have access to the Internet and information
that is potentially dangerous, people who are potentially dangerous,
predators. Teenagers have very little filter," Guffee said.
only could the child become a victim, young people often wind up in
trouble with the law for doing something they never even knew was
"When you start posting a minor's picture on the
Internet, or a text message, it can be a crime, a delinquent act. And
there are some very serious punishments out there for an adult and some
very serious consequences for juveniles," Guffee said.
And with so many 18-year-olds in high school, it can sometimes be
difficult for kids to even see that line between being a minor and an
adult. Guffee said she doesn't want to scare parents but help them.
want to first educate parents about what is available, what their
children have access to, that they can recognize it," she said.
Guffee said there are a few tips for parents to keep in mind when it comes to kids and technology.
First, be sure to monitor your children's texts and social media use and get familiar with the apps your kids use.
Also, ask them if they've ever heard of sexting or if any of their friends have ever brought up the subject.
talk to your kid about the consequences of social media. Remind them
everything they send or post is permanent and could even be illegal.
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