Redlands Middle School Trains Teens on Tech

Officials say its needed because, often kids can be ahead of their parents

REDLANDS, Colo. - Kids have a lot of ways to communicate and many that parents couldn't even dream of when they were in school. So, this week, Redlands Middle School are training their students in tech.

Hosted by school resource officer Mark Johnson, he says this training is needed because sometimes the kids know more about technology and social media than their parents.

From the growing problem of cyber bullying, into the new methods of online predators, Deputy Johnson asked the teens about their online use and shared local examples as to why they need to be careful.

"Even if you don't feel comfortable saying something to mom or dad, you need to say something to somebody." said Deputy Johnson, of the Mesa County Sheriff's Office, "Say something to your friends, hold yourselves accountable. Say something to an adult, let's help us close that generational gap between millennials, post-millennials and generation x."

After the presentation, students took an anonymous survey about their online use that will be compiled and measured against national statistics.

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