Guide helps parents keep kids out of trouble online

Have you seen NetSmartz?

It’s a new, super user-friendly guide for parents learning to navigate how their children are using social media and social technology.

It was a recommended read for back-to-school season from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle.

In Snohomish County, we see concerns over children and social media come up in the police blotters from time to time. Police and school officials also say it’s something they are dealing with more and more regularly.

We’ve also seen at least one high-profile incident in April where a student used social media to post threats that later led to a police investigation in Lynnwood.

The truth is, kids are using the internet, and parents are behind.

To catch up, check out NetSmartz, which is run by the National Center for Missing &Exploited Children.

Covered topics include email, blogging, cell phones, gaming and Internet predators.

The Edmonds School District also has a good list of resources regarding children and Internet safety here, and Everett police have a tip sheet available too.

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