Central New York

Keeping Kids Safe Online

By Annalisa Pardo SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC NEWS) – June is Internet Safety Month, and although the month is coming to an end, the conversation of how to keep kids safe online is just beginning.

Today, Nottingham High School hosted a Social Media Breakfast: Parent’s Guide to Social Media.

The event gave parents and kids the opportunity to speak with panelists about concerns, issues on social medias, and suggestions on how to keep kids safe online.

The panelists included Superintendent of the West Genesee Central School District, Dr. Christopher Brown, Syracuse City School District Counselor, Tracy Daige, representative from the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center, Maureen Foran-Mocete, and from the Onondaga County’s Assistant District Attorney, Jeremy Cali.

Foran-Mocete said there is an uptick of requests from schools for educational sessions about online safety from younger, and younger grades.

As a superintendent, Dr. Christopher Brown, said one of the biggest online concerns is students don’t understand the consequence of the digital footprint.

“Putting something out on Instagram, Snapchat, somehwere, and then thinking that no one else is going to see it or it’s not a big deal,” he said. “Then they get a couple years older and they go to look for a job or go to apply for a college…and that business or university…finds that time they were at a party when they shouldn’t have been.”

Brown also said cyber-bullying is another online issue.

“Kids say thing to people over social media that they wouldn’t necessarily say to somebody face-to-face,” he said.

The panelists agreed one of the best ways to keep kids from behaving poorly online is to make sure they know their self-worth.