Internet Safety Tips 

With news this week that a teen from Glenburn is missing, there’s been a lot of talk about teens and social media. What can you do to keep your children safe online?”It’s a whole new experience that’s out there and it’s awesome, but there are people out there that are going to use it against us and try to hurt us,” said Brianna Bryant, Community Outreach Educator, with the Rape Response Services. And that’s the unfortunate part. “We do a lot of different things. We are concerned with prevention so if we can prevent violence from happening in the first place. Internet safety is part of that violence prevention work,” said Bryant. In an ever evolving world of technology, Bryant says make sure your children follow online guidelines.”We have a whole set of standards that we ask students to follow that’s really giving them the opportunity to explore and do all the really cool things that the Internet and Facebook offer while still keeping safe and making those good responsible online choices. Learning to use your privacy settings, but it’s kind of like using a lock on your front door. It’s a good form of that initial protection but if they want to get the information they will. Not accepting requests from people that you don’t know and then if you’re getting harassed by people to block them. We really encourage that people don’t meet up with somebody that they just know from the Internet and biggest of all if their feeling scared or worried or just feeling funny about something to talk to an adult that they trust,” said Bryant. And most importantly, keep an open line of communication with your child.”Really encourage parents again embrace that world be involved in that technology your child is using. Monitor the use as best as you can. It’s not always 100 percent that you are going to be able to monitor it, but really ask the question who they’re talking to, maybe get on their together,” she said. But everyone should be careful.”I even tell kids even as young as 5th grade, I know adults in my life that need Internet safety. They need cyber harassment information. It’s not just young people that are dealing with this, it’s everybody, it’s everywhere,” said Bryant. For more information about internet safety, or to learn more about Rape Response Services:Office Number: 973-3662Website: www.rrsonline.orgFacebook Page: Rape Response ServicesThere is also a 24/7 crisis and support line for anyone looking for help: 1-800-310-0000 (Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties)Statewide Crisis and Support Line: 1-800-871-7741Other Internet Safety Resources Suggested By Rape Response Services: (The Facebook Safety Center)