Experts Share Internet Safety Tips 

The internet is a great resource, but it can be a scary place for kids and teens. With the help of social media sites, online dating services, and chat rooms, kids can communicate with strangers of all ages, from all over the world. “You wouldn’t throw your kids into a room full of those people, but if you let your kids go on the internet unsupervised, you’re doing the same thing. It’s exactly the same thing,” said Dan Frazell.Frazell is a retired Bangor police officer who has traveled around North America talking to groups about the media’s influence, including social media. He says predators are out there and it’s important to know how to stay safe while using the internet.”Guard your life very carefully. Do not have 1,000 friends. Be very selective who you are friends with, very careful what you post, no pictures of any questionable poses or attire,” he said.While these are useful tips for internet users of all ages, it’s the young ones that are often targeted. Kelly Cotiaux of Sephone Interactive Media says parents should get involved. “The real control is with the parent or the guardian to have conversation with students, have them understand that you may be up here in Maine and you’re a sweet, nice person, but there are a lot of not sweet, nice people that are out there,” said Cotiaux.Experts say if there’s an understanding about safety and supervision, then internet users can still use the resource and stay safe while doing so.