Parents Urged to Take Internet Safety Seriously

Parents are responsible for their children’s health and wellbeing and internet safety is a key component in that quest. According to Vernal City Police Detective Shaun Smith, parents and caregivers need to get educated on the trends and risks their children face when it comes to using the internet. “A lot of what we are seeing is downloads from various softwares….exchanges with pictures and videos in the schools and out in the community,” says Smith. “...The important thing to know is the settings on [the] phone.” If the location setting is not turned off, then pictures teens are taking, whether in an appropriate or inappropriate fashion, can be accessed by outsiders who then have the images and know where the teen is by using GPS from the phone. Smith recommends utilizing education resources like www.netsafeutah.org for parents to learn what to do to keep their kids safe. “The key to protecting kids is to be involved,” says Smith. “Be involved in what they are doing and what they are looking at. Take their phone and look at what they are doing. Talk to them. It will do wonders.”

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Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.