Keeping children safe online is an always growing conversation and it’s one police and parents in Fruita are having.
“Children these days have global access,” Corporal Ross Young, a Fruita Police Department Officer said, “It’s exciting because anything in the world is at your fingertips.”
It can also bring trouble to those fingertips from around the Grand Valley or around the country. Multiple incidents have been brought up at local high schoolers, including a juvenile form Philadelphia sexting with local students.
“There’s so many examples that you could give.” Young said.
Young says SnapChat and Facebook are the platforms giving them the most trouble. They say, it’s distracting in the classroom and distracting at home.
“We want parents to know that they’re the parent, that they’re in charge, that they control the phone.” Young said. “If you’re kid has a Facebook account, Gmail account, ShapChat, Instagram, whatever it is, get the password to those.”
It’s not all bad in the 21st century— District 51 is apart of the Safe2Tell app for anonymous reporting of bullying or other conflicts.
Parents can also install apps like TeenSafe, FamilyTime and Our Pact to control the hours children can use their phones and how they use them.