Educators in Laurel County say parents need to keep a close eye on what their kids are doing online. You've seen how the internet can get you into trouble and you've heard about sex predators. Well they say kids are also vulnerable to other kids who like to use the internet to hurt each other.
"You can be anonymous. It's an easy way to get away with stuff, get away with bullying," said Barney Paslick with Laurel County Schools.
That's why Paslick says the internet has become a playground for kids who want to bully other kids. He says all it takes is just a few clicks of the keys to insult, threaten, and even try to control others.
"Kids are very susceptible to that kind of content coming in. They don't know how to handle it and the bullies take advantage of that," Paslick said.
"To see it's part of the local community, it's really shocking," said Local Health Educator Brian Reynolds.
Amelia Norville wants to make sure her grandchildren don't get into trouble online.
"The parents need to know so they can know what's happening to their children. Children won't tell so you have to be aware," Norville said.
Laurel County educators are urging parents to stay clued in to what their children are doing online.
"Unrestricted, unmonitored use is very dangerous because kids don't understand the danger that is there," Paslick said.
And cyber bullying is just one of the many online dangers that Laurel County educators are telling parents. They're holding an internet safety session at London Elementary in London. If you can't make that, log on to http://www.laurel.kyschools.us.