Farmington police holding child online safety workshops

Posted at: 03/10/2014 6:33 PM
By: Devin Neeley, KOB Eyewitness News 4



Technology seems to change at the speed of light, leaving some parents in the high-tech dust.

”My kids know a little bit more than I do, absolutely,” said Annette Amling.

And parents worry about what kind of trouble their kids could get in, online.

Melody McGaha worries, “there is so much on there now a days with, different sites that seem to cause problems.”

The Farmington Police Department realizes that parents need a little help keeping up with the times.

“They are exposed to a lot more dangers than most of us in in the older generation realize,” said Detective Derek Booker of the Farmington Police Department.

That's why they have started some workshops for parents, covering topics like  inappropriate material online, online predators and cyberbullying.

Booker said, ”To be able to provide them with that safety net as well and give the parents resources to protect their children is so so important in this day and age.”

Studies suggest that 30 percent of online teens have been cyber bullied.

“Any number is too high!” exclaimed Amling.

And this is one way that parents can learn how to keep their kids safe.

For more information about the workshops, visit http://www.fpdnm.org/#!Cybersafety/czpo/DFCB7F5A-5051-4B4F-9241-13E9B3D03109