How to protect your children from dangers of social media

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - If you have children, you’ve probably heard of cyber-bullying and sexting but have you done anything to prevent your child from falling victim?

“If we give them a phone, we need to tell them there are the consequences. It’s a tough conversation to have but it’s unfair to them if you don’t talk about it,” said Kellie Warren with the Kids First organization.

These days, serious consequences can come from a simple click of the send button.

“They are doing things and taking risks just like we did when we were kids but the difference is that it’s being documented online and forever,” Warren explained.

This scary but true reality is one that the Kids First organization works to warn people about.

“If you have a sexting situation then it becomes a situation where the community or school find out about it and then often that victim becomes bullied through the internet,” said Kristin Jenkins, the Executive Director of Kids First.

So how can you make sure that your kid won't fall victim?

“Use safeguards and become familiar with apps that can hurt their family. If they know what it can do then they can talk about preventing it.”

They also recommend putting safety and privacy settings on your kid's phones and computers.

They say these simple strategies can help prevent your child from making a mistake that could last a lifetime.

The Kids First organization frequently holds workshops in partnership with the Lexington Police Department.

For more information on these workshops or on Kids First, just visit their website

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