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Internet Dangers Lurk For Children

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Parents, do you know what your children are seeing on social media? Do you know what your kids are putting on social media? Do you know who they have contact with on social media? You should according to education coordinator for the Crime Victims Assistance Center in Binghamton, Meghan Whalen.Speaking on the March 16th edition of the weekly local public affairs program, Southern Tier Close Up, Whalen says many dangers lurk on the internet, whether it be email, facebook, twitter, Instagram, or Snap-Chat.

Whalen says while it’s easy for parents to let their kids surf the internet in private, inappropriate, threatening or other dangerous messages and images could be easily sent and received by children.

Whalen says parents should be versed in how to set privacy settings and talk to their children about what they are sharing on line.

Common serious issues could range from harassing and hurtful comments, either in email or more widely shared on facebook, to even some cases where false facebook or twitter accounts have been set up and damaging information is posted concerning the victim.

Information on scheduling Whalen to give a presentation to groups and how to contact Whalen directly is available at the Crime Victims website at www.cvac.gov or by calling the agency at (607) 723-3200.

Southern Tier Close Up is heard Saturdays at 12:10 p.m. on News Radio 1290 WNBF.

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