As parents grapple with how to protect their children from the dangers of the internet, Chapel Hill and Carrboro City Schools work to educate students and parents about internet safety.
At a meeting Monday, CHCCS and the Chapel Hill Police Department hosted an Internet Family Safety Night to discuss issues regarding children’s use of the internet, including social media, online predators and sexting.
Jennifer Minella, network security engineer with Carolina Advanced Digital, said one challenge to protecting children on the internet is that parents did not grow up with smartphones or Facebook.
“We’re trying to be responsible and help you guys through something we didn’t go through," said Minella, addressing the students at the meeting. "It’s a bit of a challenge.”
To help parents understand, presenters at the meeting provided information about how to stay alert and in control while on the internet, the importance of a “social media footprint” and how sexting affects teens and children.