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Tips to stay safe online

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CROSS PLAINS (WKOW) -- "Some sexting" and "a lot of cyberbullying" is what Dane County authorities are seeing from teens these days.

"There's new technology coming out every day, and as officers we have to be aware of what's out there and stay on top of the technology," Dep. Clint Seltzner said.

Monday, Seltzner led an information session on Internet safety in Cross Plains for parents worried about their children's online activity. This is the third and last workshop in a series of crime prevention workshops offered by the Dane County Sheriff's Office.

"You never know who's on the other end," said Jennifer Romine, one of the parents who attended the session. "[We want our kids to] be fearful of strangers and what's going on, but not scare them to the point they're not able to go on the computer."

The mother of three says her boys are not allowed to go on the Internet without her supervision.

The Dane County Sheriff's Office recommends the following Internet safety tips:

  • Spend time with your child online
  • Keep the computer in a common area of the house
  • For younger kids: Utilize site-blocking software and/or parental controls provided by your online service provider
  • Randomly check your child's email
  • Make a deal with your child to get their account passwords. Ask them to put them in a sealed envelope you can open in case of emergency

Seltzner also recommended monitoring your child's smartphone, as there are apps predators can download to conceal their phone numbers and send text messages anonymously.

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