SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. (KTIV) – Lots of young people use social media apps every day. But experts say, those same users, often don’t know the consequences of inappropriate online activity.
Karen Haase visited South Sioux City schools Thursday to talk to students, teachers, and parents about the use of social media and how to create boundaries.
She explained the different consequences of online bullying, sexting, and internet theft. Haase says it’s important to know what students are doing online.
She says if your child has apps like Snapchat and Instagram, you should be on those apps too.
“I think it’s so important that parents are aware of what kids are doing in their online lives. I think we do a great job of supervising our kids physically. But we don’t always do as great as a job supervising what they’re doing online until things are blowing up,” said Karen Haase, Attorney.
Haase adds one thing parents might not understand is inappropriate online activity can sometimes lead to civil liability cases. One parent who attended the event says she’ll be monitoring her children’s online activity more closely.
“It’s very scary. I don’t think kids realize what kind of charges they can get for simple things that they send through social media,” said Trixie Rogge
Rogge says she was surprised at some of the things that happen online.
For more information on how to stay safe online click here.
For other resources, you can also check out https://www.commonsense.org/ or https://cyberbullying.org/ .